Mr Cyril Dauda, Youth Leader in Ushafa, Bwari Area Council of Abuja, has called for re-introduction of language studies in education curriculum to encourage use of mother tongue in the country.
Dauda made the call during an interview in Bwari on Wednesday.
He defined mother tongue as the language which a person had grown up to speak from early childhood.
According to him, the inability of people to converse in their indigenous languages had contributed to the poor use of mother tongue in the society.
“I urge the Federal Government to reintroduce language as a compulsory subject in the nation’s education curriculum to boost inter-personal communication.
“The mother tongue is the best means to establish effective communication; we were born into it to showcase our cultural heritage and values.
“The reason why people are forgetting core cultural and traditional values in the society today is because of the inability to communicate through the mother tongue.
“If the young people in particular can hardly speak their dialects or communicate in local languages, how then can we sustain our ethnic values in the country?
“Therefore, the re-introduction of language as compulsory subject, at primary and secondary school levels is the way forward to encourage early learning and revival of mother tongue’’, he said.
Dauda reiterated that mother tongue was also a major bridge to transfer traditional values from one generation to another in any community.
According to him, “it is the only means through which young people can easily understand their cultural and ethnic principles.’’