Nigeria Requires Igbo

Imo State, one of the five states located
in the South-Eastern region of Nigeria, has made Igbo language, the state’s
vernacular, compulsory in all the schools in the state. This language will be
studied alongside the English language, which is also a compulsory subject in
every school in the country.
 This was disclosed by Prof. Viola
Onwuliri, the State Commissioner for Education, at the matriculation ceremony
of the state’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, Orlu, held on 30th October,
2019.
According to the commissioner, who was
represented by Basil Iwu, the state’s Director of Tertiary Education, the
learning and teaching of Igbo would be compulsory for all students attending primary,
secondary and tertiary institutions within the state.
She said, “We have resolved to make the
Igbo language a compulsory subject in schools in Imo State. We believe our
children need to know their roots and we can encourage that by teaching them our
language, which is our heritage, in schools.”
The commissioner implored, “Parents and
guardians should equally teach their children and wards Igbo language at home.”
She also urged the provost of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Orlu, to
ensure that Igbo language was made a compulsory language at the school.
Prior to this disclosure by the
Commissioner for Education, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Hon. Gerald
Irona, hinted that the state was about to send to the State Assembly, a bill
that will make Igbo language a compulsory subject at all the schools located
within the state.
Hon. Gerald Irona disclosed this while
receiving a civil society organisation known as Green Pathway Initiative in his
office.
According him, the need to pass and
implement this Bill arose because of the decline in the use of Igbo language,
which could consequently lead to the loss of the culture of the Igbo ethnic
group.
The deputy governor, who addressed the
gathering in Igbo language, said, “Every tribe has an identity. One of the
identities of a people is their language. It is unfortunate that a lot of our
children neither speak nor understand Igbo language.” He, however, assured them
that the incumbent administration will do the needful to remedy the situation.
As it is now, every student attending any
of the schools located in Imo State of Nigeria, irrespective of his or her
tribe and race, must study and pass Igbo language as a subject.


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