The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, has kicked off a six week indigenous language learning programme across Nigeria.
This is the second edition of the annual programme, and it is taking place in all the six geo-political zones of the country.
Declaring the programme open in Lagos, the Deputy Director and head of Lagos office of NICO, Mr Ibrahim Lawal, said it is meant to address the problem of language barrier among various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
He lamennted that most languages in Nigeria are going into extinction and it’s high time something was done to address the issue.
Mr Lawal explained that “the programme was part of the Institute’s effort to halt the trend.”
According to him, “the programme is also aimed at encouraging Nigerians to take pride in their languages and speak their mother tongue.”
“China is excelling today because it uses it’s language to train it’s citizens right from childhood. We also need to encourage that in Nigeria,” he said.
The Assistant Director, Administration, Mrs Okparavero Victoria represented Mr Lawal at the event.
Participants, who are drawn from various organisations, will be taken through Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and Urhobo languages for the next six weeks.