AKWA IBOM COMMISSIONER SAYS USE OF MOTHER LANGUAGE TIES THE BOND OF UNITY, ONENESS
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh has said the use of mother language will not only serve as identity for a group of people with one destiny and heritage but is a strong unifying factor that fosters unity, oneness and love among the people.
Charles Udoh who made this known early today in Uyo at the opening of a two- day Ibibio Language Conference 2018/International Mother Language Day Celebration organized by Akwa Ibom State Mother Language Re-orientation Committee, at Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, reiterated the need for regeneration of mother language among our youths and children for increased bond of togetherness and sense of oneness.
He said where people can communicate and share their views and aspirations freely by use of mother language, a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation will be reduced while love and unity will be built which are necessary ingredients for development and progress of the people.
Udoh who was a Special Guest at the occasion said it was in realization of this, that Governor Udom Emmanuel, caused the inclusion of mother language in school curriculum across the state, frowned at the situation where some indigenes of the state feel proud speaking the language of other tribes of Nigeria to the detriment of our own mother language.
He reiterated that, Governor Emmanuel is committed to the propagation of not only the mother language but the embodiment of culture of the people, including our norms and values, clothing and food reiterated that, it was in pursuit of this, that the Governor approved the hosting of “ukapisua” to bring our culture, folklores, clothing and foods to the fore for the benefit of the people and posterity.
Represented by the acting director of Strategy in the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Akpan, the Information Commissioner, implored Ministry of Education and other government education apparatus to monitor the teaching of mother language in our schools to ensure uniformity in the use of Ibibio vocabularies to avoid adulteration of mother language with the chaotic mixture of Efik vocabularies in Ibibio mother language.
On ensuring that, more students study and write Ibibio in WAEC in the ongoing free and compulsory education policy of government, Charles Udoh said, that does not lie solely on the Governor but on career counselors and education supervisors who have the responsibilities of guiding the students on career lines and monitoring the progress of students in examinations.
As a proud son of Ibibio, who appears often on AKBC TV Ibibio programme, particularly, “ntiantia asaka”, Udoh said, he cannot undermine his mother language but will support all measures and efforts geared towards the regeneration and propagation of the language and commended the organizers of the conference, for the well thought out programme.
The Conference with the theme, “Towards Regenerating and Expanding Ibibio Language Vocabulary”, had in attendance, the clan head of Offot Ukwa, HRM Sylvanus Effiong Okon, the Chairman of Ibibio Elders Forum, Obong Dr. Okon Uko, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Mother Language Re-orientation Committee, Atauko Samuel B. Udosen, Professor Eno Urua of the University of Uyo and members of the mother language committee, among others.
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