The Lagos State House of Assembly has put plans in gear to organise a summit that will promote Yoruba speaking in all schools in the Southwest; scheduled to hold by June 2.

All stakeholders in this field will contribute by giving series of lectures at the Academy Hall & Inn on Lateef Jakande Road in Agidingbi, Ikeja.

While addressing reporters yesterday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Olanrewaju Ogunyemi lamented that steps taken on the issue by the lawmakers through motions and resolutions were abortive.

Ogunyemi called on school children to put extra effort and learn more about their language: “The National Policy on Education in Nigeria emphasises the importance of teaching local languages in schools. Most Nigerian parents discourage their children from speaking local languages, but they speak their indigenous languages in Germany, Russia, France and other countries of the world.”

He reiterated: “We observed that our local language is not being taught in our schools. So we are organising a stakeholders’ meeting on the importance of Yoruba Language in the Southwest states. After the summit, we still go round to ensure that there is compliance in all the schools in the state.”


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