By Ugochukwu Alaribe
Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, has called on the federal and state governments to introduce policies that will help to preserve local Nigerian languages.
Ekpo, who spoke at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, NINLAN, Aba, Abia State during the international mother language day celebration at the institution, noted that the world faces the danger of losing its culture, tradition and moral values without the preservation of local languages.
“As we already know, languages are generally the major tools for education, communication, social integration and business. Unfortunately, despite this huge advantage, our indigenous languages have become endangered. There is gradual phasing out of indigenous languages and the world stands the risk of losing its huge diversity potential such as culture, tradition and a monumental repertoire of arts and moral values. There is a need for the government to see the local languages as an issue of fundamental rights and work towards its preservation.”