The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, has reiterated commitment to the promotion of Nigerian languages to enhance national unity and cultural integration
The Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza stated this during the opening ceremony of the Institute’s Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme in Abuja.
Mr Yahuza who described indigenous languages as critical to national peace and development said the programne was part of NICO’s contribution to sustaining and promoting mother tongue.
The Executive Secretary who expressed concern over the attitude of some parents towards foreign languages stressed the need for them to develop interest in interacting with their children in their dialect to avoid extinction of Nigerian languages.
According to him, the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme which will be carried out across the country will go a long way in fostering the spirit of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
While soliciting the support of stakeholders in the promotion of local languages, Mr Ado Yahuza said the programne which would last for three months is been conducted free of charge.
He stated that NICO had also put in place other programnes towards promoting and harnessing the potential of indigenous languages for cultural cohesion and national development.
The Executive Secretary therefore advised the participants to take the programne serious and be good advocates in the promotion of Nigerian languages.
Some of the participants said the programme would avail them the opportunity of learning more local languages in addition to their mother tongue.
While commending NICO for the programme, the participants called on necessary stakeholders to redouble their efforts in preventing the extinction of Nigerian languages.