By Usman Shuaibu
The President of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN), Prof. Harrison Adeniyi who is also the Dean of Arts, Lagos State University, has urged the parents to deem it necessary to teach their children indigenous languages for the sake of national development.
Adeniyi ho stated this while speaking to newsmen during the 31st conference of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria/2019 International year of indigenous languages celebration, held at the Customs Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada on Tuesday, urging Nigerians not to jesting their languages.
He also charged Nigerian government to support indigenous languages by providing enough teachers in schools.
He therefore, appealed to the government at all levels, parents, policy makers as well as Nigerian legislature to take the issue of indigenous languages very seriously.
The University lecturer applauded the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu for the necessary support accorded to indigenous languages in the institutions of higher learning.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’ Allah who was the chairman of the occasion and represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, said he would continue to support the leadership of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria to actualize its dreams for the country.
On his part, the Local organizing committee chairman of the conference, Dr. Abdulmalik Nuhu thanked the participants for their contributions.
Meanwhile, the conference’s theme is “Language, Literature and Culture for National Integration”.