Lagos and Osun Houses of Assembly have advocated renewed commitment to Yoruba Language. The assemblies in pursuant of this goal called on the government and other stakeholders to ensure compulsory teaching of Yoruba language in both private and public schools in all Yoruba speaking states.
Speakers of the two states, Honourables Mudashir Obasa and Najeem Salaam, made the call when the former visited Osogbo to invite the latter to a Stakeholder Forum on compulsory teaching of Yoruba as an indigenous language in all schools in the state.
Representing the Lagos Speaker, the Chairman House Committee on Education, Lanre Ogunyemi said, it is important to enhance the teaching and learning of Yoruba language in schools in Yoruba speaking states.
According to him, the National Policy on Education was apt about the teaching of indigenous languages, saying, Yoruba language was not being valued as it happened in other climes like Europe, China, America among others.
“As a state and as a region, we must ensure that our language did not go into extinction, for this reason we must entrench it in all our schools.
“We have observed that in most of our schools, it is either they do not teach or have teachers to teach Yoruba language”
“The National Policy on Education said a student shall learn language of their environment, which is Yoruba in the South West region, Hausa in the North and Igbo in the East, meaning that it is compulsory that our children must learn their indigenous languages”, he said.
Receiving the invitation on behalf of Osun speaker, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said the teaching of Yoruba language in school would also promote the tradition, and cultural value of Yoruba people.
He regretted that the beauty of Yoruba Language and it’s capacity as a tool of complete communication was being eroded due to neglect in the teaching of Yoruba language, Culture and tradition.
This, he noted must be brought back to ensure that Yoruba people took back their pride of place in the world.
He charged all stakeholders in the education sector to join hands in bringing back the lost glory of Yoruba language, tradition and the cultural values of the Yoruba.