Stakeholders Stress the Need to Preserve Indigenous Language

The to use language positively as well as preserving indigenous language formed the focus of a day symposium organized by the Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan.

The event, which attracted discussants from the academics, media and literacy advocates, was held at the Distance Learning Centre of the institution.

Zonal Director, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Ibadan Zonal Station, Alhaji Muhammed Bello, said FRCN adopted indigenous language in the Southwest to identify with the people, and called for caution in the way language is used to prevent conflict.

Representative of Southwest Zone,  National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non Formal Education, Funke Lawal, and Professor Duro Adeleke of University of Ibadan, said language was key to child moral development adding that the use of English language had led to poor academic performance of most students in schools.

In his keynote address, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor Affez Oladosu, who said word and language originated from God, advocated positive use of language in the country.

Earlier, Head, Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Professor Rasid Aderinoye, while speaking on the 2019 International Literacy Day, explained that sub-Saharan Africa accounted for significant percentage of illiterate adult worldwide.

Professor Aderinoye, who said male and female youth and women have growing number of illiteracy in sub-Saharan Africa noted that current cost of illiteracy was put at 1.2 trillion dollars.

The theme for 2019 International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’

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