Expert Advocates Utilizing ICT in Language Documentation
Broadcast media has been urged to take advantage of development in information technology, especially in helping to preserve the indigenous languages.
A research scientist and artificial intelligence expert, Dr. Tunde Adegbola, stated this at a lecture organized by the Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Department of Radio Nigeria Ibadan, Oba Adebimpe Road, Dugbe.
Dr. Adegbola observed that it is only broadcast media that document local languages while this is not the case in other official circles where communication is done in the English language.
The don said documentation of indigenous language is vital as it provides the data for computers in the translation of information into local idioms.
Dr. Adegbola pointed out that countries such as China, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan, which utilized their indigenous language have achieved accelerated industrial growth compared to those which sought to thrive on the use of foreign languages.
He said that any language which cannot be used to communicate with computers is endangered, noting that the media stands as the medium to salvage the situation besides its function as a-go-between information giver and receiver.
The guest lecturer, who stressed that the internet and social media are the future of broadcasting, said Radio Nigeria ICT Department was on the right track.
In an address of welcome, the head of ICT, Alhaja Wasilat Salami said the unit had come a long way in keeping in touch with developments in broadcast media technology despite challenges of inadequate staff and funding.
She lauded the Zonal Director for the progress ICT unit had achieved.
In a remark, the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria Ibadan, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, emphasized that the future of broadcasting is with ICT and the new media, urging staff of the unit to collaborate with content providers and marketers.
Alhaji Bello pointed out that Radio Nigeria had taken cognisance of the development in broadcasting, hence the emergence of directorates for ICT and Online Media.
Highlights of the events were the presentation of awards to the Zonal Director, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, the guest lecturer Dr. Tunde Adegbola, the General Manager, Positive FM Akure Mr. Tunde Abiodun and an on-air presenter, Mr. Imoyosola Adetoro.
In attendance were members of the station’s committee of management.