Solomon Attah, Lafia –
The Nasarawa State Government says it will enact a law to compel its citizens to use mother tongue.
This is just as the governorment is proposing an executive bill to be presented to the State House of Assembly for consideration.
The government said it’s an effort to prevent the state’s languages from going into extinction.
The copy of the bill, it was gathered, has been sent to the state ministry of Justice for advise before it finally reach the State House of Assembly.
Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dogo Shammah, stated this in an interview with Newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
According to the Commissioner, government has concluded plans to enact a law to compel parents and children to speak their local languages in other to save it from extinction.
According to him, the rate at which people are neglecting their mother tongue by adopting foreign languages, dialects may soon go extinct.
He said that Hausa and English have taken over their local languages hence the need for all hands to be on deck to rescue the situation.
“The ministry had already drafted the bill and submitted to the ministry of Justice for correction and advice.
“As soon as the ministry of Justice is through with the correction, we will send it as a bill to the state house of assembly for passage,” the Commissioner said.
Shammah also explained that the ministry has alot of plans towards reviving the culture and traditions of the local people of the state.
The Commissioner said that the ministry would partner all the tribes to organise cultural festival to give them opportunity to showcase their cultural potential.
He said that the cultural festival would be organised annually in all the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.