By: Prudence Okonna
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), may have concluded plans to domesticate the National Language Policy introduced recently by the Federal Government across schools in the FCT.
This is to encourage pupils in primary schools to speak and write in their mother tongue.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Olusade Adesola, disclosed this during the award presentation of the FCT-Education Resource Center (FCT-ERC), Tuesday, in Abuja.
Adesola emphasized that the FCT is part of the Federal Government and will always align with its plans and programs hence, the Administration is determined to implement the policy to the its logical end.
He said that the leadership of the FCT Administration desired to see young ones speak their languages.
His words: ‘’For us, it is a welcome development and we will see how we will implement it to the best of our ability. We want to see our young ones speak our languages, our dialect and whatever is required to support that effort, we will give it to it.”
The Permanent Secretary lauded the (FCT-ERC) for aligning with the FCTA by recognizing members of the workforce, who have distinguished themselves in different activities.
Adesola stated that the Administration plans to encourage reading culture in schools and the society at large by providing basic amenities in schools and public libraries.
He revealed that the government is set to commence renovation of school infrastructure across the FCT.
Also, speaking at the occasion, Director, FCT-ERC, Hajiya Neemat Abdulrahim said it was important to reward the hardworking staff and deserving individuals who have contributed to improving the quality of work being done by the Department.
Some of the recipients of the awards include the pioneer Director of the FCT-ERC awarded to Professor Ismail Tsiga amongst others.
Recall that the Federal Executive Council had on November 30 approved a new National Language Policy, which makes the mother tongue a compulsory medium of instruction from Primary 1 to 6.