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Lawmakers deny plan to stop deliberations in vernacular

LAGOS — The Lagos State House of Assembly has dismissed speculations that it was planning to stop carrying out deliberations on Thursdays in Yoruba Language.

The Majority Leader, Mr Kolawole Taiwo, said yesterday it was not true that the Assembly was not serious with deliberating inYoruba, and might dump the idea soon.

Rather, he said the House had put adequate measures in place to sustain deliberations in vernacular every Thursday.

He said one of the measures was the planned training of the House members and legislative workers on the use of the language.

The majority leader could not disclose when the training would be done, but said the Clerk of the House, Mr Adewale Olatunji, would determine that.

“If we have issues that are germane to us, we revert back to English. We do that to give lawmakers the opportunity to discuss freely, especially when the report was prepared in English. It is so difficult translating reports into Yoruba but we are working on it,” he said.

Taiwo noted that the assembly had passed a supplementary budget, using the Yoruba Language.


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