An educationist and professor of Educational Technology, Lagos State University (LASU) Abiodun Akinpelu, has admonished states across the country to toe the line of Lagos State by ensuring that indigenous language is made compulsory in schools.
He said this would be a reawakening towards African cultural renaissance all over the Black continent.
Akinpelu delivered a keynote address at the palace of Oba Moses Ayinde Olaleye, the Onilogbo of Ilogbo Eremi on Monday to as part of activities to commemorate his 30th anniversary.
In February, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, signed the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law which stipulated Yoruba as a requirement for admission into the state’s tertiary institutions.
Speaking on the theme: ‘Traditional institutions and community development’ Akinpelu bemoaned the erosion of African and Nigerian culture which are rooted in indigenous languages, calling on traditional institutions to be at the vanguard of promoting local dialects among their subjects.
He lamented that harsh political climate had resulted in brain drain, as many Nigerians seek better life in other countries to the country’s loss.
“These results in technologically advanced countries receiving additional experts to the detriment of the countries that are weak in science and technology base since they lack the political will for educational transformation, the bedrock of meaningful development in any community,” he said.
To save the country from brain drain, Akinpelu advocated a kind of cultural mix that will harmonise the economic and socio-political contradictions in favour of the majority of the citizenry though curricular and infrastructural reconstruction.
“The situation in Nigeria and Africa in general requires that efforts be made to retain the producers of new knowledge. The Nigerian educational system in particular, needs to be overhauled, in order to usher in a cultural system that will bring about socio-economic, technological and defence–oriented progress. Today’s political climate and the unprecedented inter-ethnic rivalry only stand as warning signal, “he said.