04 September 2020 by Matthew Ayoola

As part of measures to enhance intelligence gathering through local languages, the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, is to continue its training of Nigerian Indigenous Languages in Military and Paramilitary barracks across the country. The Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza made this known while speaking with newsmen ahead of the Language Programme in Abuja. Mr Yahuza said the training would also go a long way to promote unity and enhance the productivity of the military. According to him, language is an essential ingredient needed for sustainable unity and peaceful coexistence among people of any society. The Executive Secretary of NICO said the Institute had equally concluded arrangements for e-training of Nigerian Indigenous Language to avoid the extinction of mother tongue in the country. He stated that NICO would continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders towards the promotion of Nigerian languages. While expressing concern over the attitude of some parents and caregivers on Nigerian languages, Mr Yahuza said all hands must be on deck to encourage children to speak their mother tongue. According to him, various holidays training of Indigenous languages have been put in place by NICO to encourage all Nigerians to learn other local languages. The NICO Executive Secretary therefore called for compulsory teaching and learning of local languages in all levels of educational institutions.

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