THE Head of the Seme border Command of the Beninois Police, Waidi Akodjenou, has commended the Federal Government for establishing the Nigeria French Language Village, to foster the teaching and learning of French in Nigeria.
Akodjenou expressed this view when the Director/CEO of the NFLV, Prof. Raufu Adebisi, paid him a familiarization visit at his Seme-Krake office. During the interaction, the Police chief reiterated that Nigeria was a very strong political, economic and social pull not only to countries in the sub-region but to Africa as a whole. In view of this, the Federal Government’s decision to promote the learning of French as a foreign language by establishing the NFLV was highly commendable.
According to him, the use of a common language is a catalyst for reciprocal interaction in business, education, socio-cultural and security intelligence sharing in the sub-region, noting that the bilingual orientation of Nigeria would open the country to a new era of accelerated industrial and technological development and also allow her expand her circle of trading partners.
The officer who was posted to Seme border in 2013, maintained that there was harmonious working relationship between the Nigerian and Beninois security agents at the border. This, he said, had helped to minimize the crime rate in the area. He added that security at the border was a big challenge, when it comes to free movement of goods and persons in accordance with the ECOWAS protocol. He said, while it was their duty to ensure that law abiding citizens of the two countries have free movement across the borders in pursuit of their legitimate affairs, it was difficult to distinguish persons with criminal intents also going in and out of both countries.
He commended participants and students of the Village who cross the border for the week-end excursions and language contacts in Benin for their orderly conduct, stressing that as leaders of tomorrow, the youths needed to be encouraged to become bilingual and to work towards a truly united Africa. He said his dream was to see a stronger and more united ECOWAS and Africa in general.
The Police chief who spoke both English and French thanked Prof. Raufu Adebisi, and his team for finding time to visit his office and promised to build on the existing cordial relationship between the Village and Officers and men of his command. In his response, Prof. Adebisi thanked Mr. Akodjenou for the warm reception accorded him and his team. He appreciated him for identifying with the Village and particularly for finding time to visit the Village and interact with the students at their Friday French talkshow – “Causerie du Vendredi” whenever he was invited to do so.