The Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi has called on parents and other stakeholders in the nation to salvage the rich indigenous languages from going into extinction.
Adekunbi made the call at a Stakeholders’ Forum on the need to revive the Yoruba language, titled, ‘’Making Yoruba Language Compulsory in our Public and Private Schools’’, organized by the Lagos State House of Assembly, held at Ikeja, Lagos.
He said the nation’s indigenous languages played dominant roles in ensuring peace, progress and integration which had gone a long way in enhancing governance, particularly before the advent of modern day systems of government.
The Speaker said the forum was timely, describing it as a right step in the right direction, especially at this crucial period of ‘’our lives that Yoruba language is no more widely spoken even by the Yoruba people’’.
According to him, the task of reviving the teaching of indigenous languages and culture should not be left for government alone to address but parents, teachers, religious and corporate bodies as well as the larger society must play their roles to put Yoruba language in its pride of place.
Earlier in his remarks, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Masasiru Obasa, said the uniqueness of the mother tongue could not be over-emphasized compared with any other language in the world due to its originality and rich culture and values.
Obasa assured that Lagos Assembly would continue to encourage and sustain the Yoruba language by protecting it against undue influence arising from westernization which had eroded the nation’s cultural values and heritage.