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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has lauded the use of indigenous Nigerian languages as a strategic tool to sustain and cultivate national integration and peaceful co existence among Nigerians, with focal attention on the military, Police and para-military personnel living in barracks.
This is just as the Institute said that the Igbo and Yoruba may not survive the next 50 years if urgent steps are not taken to address the situation.
Speaking on the development, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Ado Mohammed Yahuza appointed barely a week ago by President Mohammandu Buhari to turn around the fortunes of institute, stated that Nigeria’s over 400 indigenous languages are threatened and maybe go into extinction if concerted effort are not put in place rave up use of indigenous languages as a means of communication.
While speaking at the premier Police College in Ikeja, the NICO boss explained that time has come for serious practical application and use of Nigerian indigenous languages in everyday activities, hence the effort by NICO to target national security barracks all the country as training grounds for the programme.
He hinted that the barracks initiative seamlessly driven in six geo-political zones of the country, is breasting the tape for a second time but that this time retooled to effectively sustain the use and revival of Nigerian indigenous languages.
The Ado led NICO having identified barracks as fulcrum to effective national security architecture believes that the use of Nigerian indigenous language will not only cement national unity but would also help in intelligence gathering and fostering of cordial relationship between the people and security agencies.
According Comrade Ado , the programme was designed to address critical issues of language dislocation and its serious implications for culture and national development.
“The alarm has been raised in socio linguistics circles that over 90 per cent of the world’s 7, 000 languages may go into extinction by the next century and more worrisome is that indigenous languages such as Igbo and Yoruba may not survive the next 50 years if urgent measures are not put in place to reverse the trend” he explained.
Throwing more light on the NICO indigenous languages revival strategy, Ado noted that the first edition, captured students during long vacation, usually held in August ever year while the second edition was tailored for the working class during weekends and ongoing edition, third in the series, captures use of indigenous languages in the barracks with an online edition as the fourth outing still in the pipeline.
He told the Commandant and Commissioner of Police in charge of the police training college, officers and men, that the barracks as mini Nigeria, would benefit from the language training programme which will foster peace, unity and social integration.
“It will also enhance espirit -de-corp, promote cordial relationship between officers and their host communities and also enhance intelligence and information gathering”
In brief remarks, Commandant and Commissioner of Police (CP), Police College, Ajani Olasupo, appreciated NICO’s effort and called on the officers to take the programme very serious as it would help them settle down in areas of primary assignment and in information gathering.