The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has announced his plan to float an Igbo Radio station that would transmit only in Igbo language.
The governor made the disclosure on Tuesday, during a function of an Igbo society, Otu Suwakwa Igbo, headed by a former Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Pita Ejiofor.
During the occasion which held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, Governor Obiano said the establishment of the Igbo Radio station will be his contribution towards ensuring that the Igbo language does not into extinction.
Obiano ceased the opportunity to reprimand parents for failing to fulfill their duty in teaching their children the Igbo language and culture. He gave an order that henceforth school pupils in the state, from primary to secondary schools would wear Igbo traditional dresses to school every Wednesday.
He further stated that he would collaborate with the state House of Assembly with a view to enacting a law that would compel everyone who lives in the state to wear Igbo traditional attire on Wednesdays, adding that the government would reinvigorate the law compelling everybody in the state to communicate in Igbo language on Wednesdays.
Stating that the Igbo folklore he learnt while growing up helped in guiding his behaviour and relationship with people till date, Governor Willie Obiano added folklore would be taught to primary school children every Wednesday evening.
“Igbo folklore is powerful in building morals and values. I can’t forget my late primary school teacher and the way he used Igbo folklore to bring us up morally. Even as a governor, those stories about the tortoise and other animals still guide my life.”
Towards the end of 2006, the United Nations made a prediction that some minor languages of the world will go extinct in the next 50 years. On this list was the Igbo language spoken in the southeastern Nigeria by over 20 million people. The effort of the Anambra state governor is therefore, timely as the Igbos work together to ensure that the prediction does not come to pass.