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Make Yoruba Language mandatory for varsity admission in states, Gani Adams tells S’West govs

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The Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has urged the six governors in the South-West geo-political zone to ensure Yoruba Language becomes a compulsory requirement for admission into state-owned tertiary institutions to stop the language and culture from going into extinction.

Adams gave this advice while speaking as Chairman of the first edition of the Omituntun Pacesetters Cultural Tourism Festival, tagged: “Asa Wa…Ipile Wa,” organised by the Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, which took place at the Cultural Centre, Ibadan.

He emphasised that Yoruba Language, as important as English Language, should be made a condition for admission and a must for students during the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

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He noted that culture had to do with the clothes that people of a particular tribe wear, the language they speak, and so many things that are peculiar to a particular ethnic tribe, including the food they eat, which differentiates them from others, adding that this forms the heritage of the people and their identity.

“Like we have English and Mathematics, Yoruba Language should be taught as a priority before one can gain admission to any university owned by state governments. By then, it will ginger our generation and the pupils to learn Yoruba right from primary school level up to secondary school so that they can have admission to state universities. It is the key. It has to be inserted in the curriculum. Our curriculum must reflect Yoruba Language. The teachers and lecturers teaching Yoruba must take the subject seriously.”

“Our state governors should start recruiting Yoruba teachers to encourage our young products. As parents, we have a limited time with our children. Most of the characters that the children have are imbibed from the school and friends. So, I appeal to the governors to make sure that Yoruba Language is compulsory for everyone that wants to gain admission to state universities within the next three years.”

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“Our culture is how we are. What the Oyo State government is doing today is very unique, very significant to the progress, peace and tranquility of the state. One of our problems in our society is that we neglect our culture and tradition. By the time you neglect your culture and tradition, there may be problems in that society. You will lose orderliness and cohesion. Promotion of culture is about projecting ecotourism, and cultural tourism. And by projecting eco and cultural tourism, you are projecting commerce and you are projecting visibility of the structure of that place. You are projecting the visibility of Ibadan, and visibility of Oyo State.”

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, in his welcome address, noted that the last time cultural festival was celebrated in the state was 11 years ago during the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala administration.

He said that Makinde had been taking pragmatic steps to promote the culture and tradition of the state.

“It was in the first year of this administration that the state was represented at NAFEST for the first time in eight years and we came fourth. The purpose of this is to create a platform to celebrate our heritage and identify talents that can represent the state in competitions while also ensuring UNESCO identifies with this festival,” Olatubosun stated.

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