“LANGUAGES ARE DYING” – AKWASHIKI
The Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki gave the advice during a presentation and launching of ‘A Dictionary of Eggon names’ In Abuja.
Senator Akwashiki who noted that many Nigerian Languages are going into extinction,described it as an unhealthy development for the country.
The Minister, commended the author for putting together such a wonder piece of work.
“languages are dying, our kids cannot even speak their language and they tell you with pride that i cannot speak the language, it is not good for us. The culture that is dying is not really good because once there is gap ,your children will pick any other thing. that is why they pick all source of culture.all source of behaviour from other culture” she said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occassion,Mr.Joel Adagadzu said the dictionary would help in the pronounciation and appreciation of Eggon names.
Mr. Adagadzu stressed the need for Nigerians to cultivate the habit of studing more local languages for nation building and to promote peaceful co-existence.
“It starts to help us appreciate our names the way they should be prononce and the way they should be use”
In a remark, the author of the Book(Dictionary),Chief Ezekiel Ayuba Kuje said the book is to promote the Eggon language, names and culture.
“Younger generation will find fulfilment in understanding their names ,also for people to understand the right way of pronouncing the names.As we continue to lose the spelling that is how the meaning will also be lost” he said.
He expressed optimism that the dictionary would also help to create awareness on the the preservation of local Eggon names and culture.
The event which featured the singing of the National Anthem in Eggon language, had in attendance dignitries from all works of life.