Prince Kevin Fyneface, a Security and Energy expert, on Thursday called for the promotion of indigenous languages among Nigerians.
Fyneface made the call at an interactive forum organised by the National Association of Sea-dogs (NAS), also known as Pirates Confraternity, on Thursday in Abuja.
The forum was held to mark the 2019 World Literacy Day that was observed on Sept. 8, worldwide.
He said the promotion of indigenous languages would create room for better understanding of the local contexts of local dialects.
Fyneface, a resource person at a session said that the promotion of the local dialect among Nigerians would give room for effective communication in the society.
”Education without first understanding of our local dialect automatically denies us the ability to truly posses our understanding in the context of the intelligence that is expected of us.
“So one of the things we need to do as a nation is not just taking education as it has been passed down to us in the context of the English spoken language, but ensuring that people can be allowed to speak in their native languages and translate that into the English language.
“We need to understand that the English language itself is not a complete language, it is a combination of different languages, the Sax, Anglo, Latin, French, Roman, all combined to make English.
“So, why do we then make people to be limited in their free reasoning, why don’t we allow the reasoning through their local languages of understanding,” he stressed.
Fyneface said that the inculcation of the western culture into the Nigerian system had created a big influence on the country and had eroded the local languages, adding that this did not make one to be self confident to face situation.
He said that the western cultural influence had bastardised the local languages, stressing that Nigerians must rise up to salvage the country from being totally eroded.
Dr Emeka Okengwu, a political analyst, called on Nigerians to begin to give preference to those with the knowledge and skills to solve issues instead of identifying with those who speak grammar as the best in the society.
According to him, having skills to solve issues is the best literacy because schools are not established for people to learn but to gain ability to solve issues.
“The new language of literacy is skill, you must understand it, you do not need to be literate to have skill, people must begin to communicate their capacity through our local languages,” Okengwu said.
Mr Stanley Nwodo, the President, FCT Sahara Deck, said that the essence of the programme was to create awareness on literacy day and for people to know the essence of having skills for multi lingua.
“Literacy today means versatility in all aspects of life, that one is well read does not make him or her literate,” he said.