Monday, 8 July 2013

Our indigenous languages must not die – Ashafa

The lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has stated that indefatigable efforts should be made both by private sectors and individuals in addition to governments’ efforts at salvaging our indigenous languages from going in to extinction.
The lawmaker stressed this recently during the 5years anniversary and the commissioning of the Eyes on the Future Schools’ new Hostel at Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos.
While giving his remarks at the event, the first citizen of Lagos East Senatorial district applauded the Chairman, Engr Peter Omotosho and his wife Mrs Sally Omotosho, the proprietress of the School for a job well done.
“It is my pleasure and privilege to be in your presence today in a joyous mood as we commission the newly built hostel accommodation and Five years anniversary of Eyes on the future Schools with my lovely brother, Engr Peter Omotosho who, at the same time clocks the golden age of 50years today.
“Behind every successful man however, there is a good woman, lots of kudos should be given to the Proprietress of the school, who is also the lovely half of Engr Omotosho, Mrs Sally Aina Omotosho for the success recorded so far by the school since its establishment in 2008″. He said
While stressing further on the importance of our indigenous languages, Ashafa recalled on the bill he sponsored at the senate which has passed the second reading as his own way of reviving the indigenous languages from going to extinction.
According to him, the bill if passed in to law will provide for the platform to establish a National Agency for the promotion and preservation of 774 local languages in order to implement and harmonise the overall educational and cultural policies of the Nigeria state.
The lawmaker also used the medium to make an endowment of N1million Naira donation to the school’s library. The endowment according to him will be used to equip the Library with all our indigenous languages’ text books for the students to be able to acquire basic knowledge of their local languages.
He went further “at every price giving day of the school, I will give a handsome reward for the best 3 outstanding students in the three basic local languages in Nigeria which include Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa on yearly basis” he said
The Senator congratulates the members of the Eyes on the Future Schools international, Chicago, USA which was led by the President Mrs Aziel Gebrehiiwet and her husband.
He encouraged the management and all members of teaching and non teaching staff of the school not to relent in their efforts, stressing that “the only reward for hard work is more work”.
Source: Daily Post

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