–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael J. EKOKORUWE:
ISOKO-NORTH local government Council Chairman, Hon Christian Othuke Iteire yesterday, gave the support of his administration to revitalise Isoko Language for it not to go into extinction as it remains the Identity of Isoko People.
Iteire made the statement at the Council Secretariat, Ozoro, when he received the leadership of the National Union of Isoko Students (NUIS), Oleh campus chapter of the Delta State University (DELSU) on a familiarisation visit.
According to him, an indigenous language is an important tool for unification, social integration and development in a society.
In his words, ‘when a child doesn’t understand the mother’s tongue, he or she finds it difficult to go home because he or she can not freely communicate with the indigenous language”
He enjoined parents and guardians to speak Isoko language in their homes to ensure the entrenchment of the language, and urged those in the urban cities to join Isoko affiliated associations and groups wherever they are and speak the language fluently.
Iteire commended the students’ initiatives on the preservation and the promotion of the Isoko language through programmes, noting that his administration will support initiatives of cultural students’ groups that would greatly promote the Isoko language.
Speaking, the president of NUIS, Oleh chapter, Comrade Ajemuta Oghale Jr., a 400 level law student said the purpose of their visit was to formally introduce themselves to the Council Chairman and to seek his support in their programmes that are geared towards promoting the Isoko language in order for it not to go into extinction.
Present during the students’ visit was the Supervisor for Education, Prince Ogbo Enakeno Christopher, the Supervisor for Works, Hon. Ikrumale Jones Oghogho, the Supervisor for Finance, Surv Irori Samuel, the supervisor for Environment, Hon. Alebe Joshua Onos, the Supervisor for Agriculture and Community Development, Hon Mark Ekakitie, and Special Adviser to the Chairman, Hon Imogu Joseph.
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