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Monday, October 4, 2021

Promote Yoruba Language For National Development, Group Tells Southwest



A diaspora group, the European Chapter of the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU) has urged southwest governors to promote the Yoruba language, as a tool for national development.
The diaspora group who is presently in 96 countries made the appeal during a webinar to mark the seventh edition of its European summit.
The summit themed: “Setting Developmental Agenda for Yorubaland”, had in attendance Professor Raheem Kolawole, an environmentalist from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana and Professor Duro Adeleke from Department of Foreign Languages, University of Ibadan, as guests lecturers, and many other social, economic and political analysts.

Professor Raheem Kolawole in his speech spoke about unity and the need to develop a plan that would enhance organisational management, as well as boost the morale among all groups in Yorubaland and in the diaspora.
He said the major challenges of every Yoruba organisation was lack of cohesiveness, disunity and unity and backbiting.
He viewed that such challenges could be tackled with a broad-based approach to ensure that there was unity and progress within the various organisations in Yorubaland.
Professor Duro Adeleke particularly called on the Southwest governors to save the language from going into extinction.
He charged the leaders as well as other language promoters to use the language as a tool to foster unity and development across all sectors. said, “The Yoruba Language is a potential tool for solving problems, especially, in education, health, economy and politics among others.
“…Our governors in the southwest must make the Yoruba language compulsory, especially, for students’ admission into the universities.

“In the 28 countries of Europe, their languages remain the first and next to none, that is the secret of their growth and development.”
He added, “We can only get it right in the southwest if we rededicate ourselves to the promotion of Yoruba language. The language should remain the official language in both private and public institutions

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