Nigerians have been urged to use the country’s cultural and language diversity to unite and develop the country.
The Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, made the call in his welcome address to the 2019 Voice of Nigeria’s third Annual French Secondary Schools Competition, Organized by Voice of Nigeria in Abuja also urged Nigerians to develop interest in the French Language as it is one of the major languages in West Africa.
“The aim of the programme is to advance the French Language in Nigeria and beyond to tap the potentials of Nigerian students in cognitive and creative writing”. Mr. Okechcukwu said.
He added that, “Voice of Nigeria’s prospect was to encourage the student’s skills is in line with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty within ten years.”
According to him, Language is a tool to be used to develop peace and unity in the country and around the world.
One of the Voice of Nigeria’s Staff, who is coordinator of the competition, Mr. Isaac John, urged government to do more in encouraging the study of French Language in Nigeria.
“The aim of the programme is to encourage French students to understand French Language, Nigeria today is surrounded with Francophone countries such as Benin Republic, Chard, Cameroon, Niger, and the government should try and recruit French teachers in secondary schools to address the challenges face by the French language in Nigeria”.
ECWA High Secondary School from Nasarawa State North Central Nigeria got first position, Redeem Private Secondary School came second and Progress Dynamic Secondary School won the third position.
One of the Teachers of the School that emerged first in the competion, Mr. Sabo Joseph expressed his delight over the competition and said this is first time of attending the competition and urged the French students to sustain the momentum of their zeal and interest in French language.
VON’s Executive Director of News, Mr. Ahaziah Suleiman appreciated the participating schools for making out time to attend the event.
He urged the students not to relent on their efforts in learning the French language stressing that it would take them to greater heights.
Part of the event of the VON Annual French Secondary Schools Competition is the drama competition and cultural night.
The competition is aimed at growing and improving the French Language in Nigeria as it has become 0ne of the most used language second to English language in Nigeria and West Africa.