The Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that students in public and private schools in the state should sing the National Anthem in Yoruba Language on a daily basis.
The governor on Tuesday mandated that students in public and private schools in the state should sing the National Anthem in Yoruba Language daily, to preserve and promote the Yoruba culture.
The directive was relayed by the deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule at a meeting with Principals and Head Teachers of public schools in Lagos.
Dr Idiat Adebule said that Yoruba Language would also be made a compulsory subject for students.
This follows after Gov. Ambode signed the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Bill into Law on Feb. 8.
Adebule revealed that Wednesdays had been declared ‘Yoruba Speaking Day’ in schools across Lagos states, with all teaching and learning activities from assembly period to closing being done in Yoruba.
“Gov. Ambode wants me to pass this message to you, that henceforth, Yoruba language be made compulsory in both private and public schools. The National Anthem must be sung in Yoruba on a daily basis too.”
“The Egbe Akomolede has done the translation and we will send the copies of the Yoruba version to your schools by Monday so you can begin to teach the students. “
“I have also met with the owners of private schools and we have relayed this directive to them.
We are also considering translating the textbooks of other subjects into Yoruba Language because I believe that when students are taught in their mother language, learning will be easy and their level of performance will improve. The state government is passionate about this Law, so we do not lose our language, culture and heritage,” she said.
Adebule went further to reveal that the Ministry of Education was doing an assessment to ascertain the number of Yoruba teachers that would be required to effectively teach the language in public schools.
She therefore called on school managements to cooperate with the government in driving and ensuring the effective implementation of the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law.
Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Mr Lanre Ogunyemi, said at the event that the development would be beneficial to the younger generation and generations unborn.
“In Finland, you must pass the Finnish Language before you are offered admission into high institutions. Same is done in Germany, China and other developed countries.
We need to adopt such to drive development and foster national unity. I beg you all to key into this law and make it work, ” Ogunyemi said.
Reacting to the new directive, Mr Mamodu Braimoh, Assistant Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos Chapter, praised the state government for the development.
He also called on the government to ensure adequate training for Yoruba teachers as well as provide incentives to motivate them.