AIFCE director makes case for Igbo language By Ifeoma Ofurum

Governors in the South East have been urged to enact a law that will make a credit in Igbo language compulsory for new intakes in the higher institutions.

Dr. Mrs Lucy Mgbengasha Akpakama, the director of Administration Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri made the call recently in Owerri at a book presentation.

Dr. Akpakama who was reviewing a book “Ekwe Mgba, also added that Igbo language should be added in the General Studies (GS) courses in the tertiary institutions to save the language from extinction as predicted by the United Nations.

She urged parents to always teach and communicate with their children in Igbo language adding that they should also pass on Igbo culture and menu to the children.

She held that if they do not impart their language and culture to their children, there will be no one to speak the language in the next 50 years.

She then commended the another for the job well done and requested that more of Igbo books should be produced and such lectures as Odenigbo and Ahiajoku as well as organizations like Otu Suwakwa-Igbo should be encouraged to preserve Igbo language.

On his part, HRH Eze Philip regretted that Igbo parents teach their children borrowed language as if their language was inferior.

He, therefore, urged governors, schools teachers and churches in the South East to speak Igbo language in all their activities, noting that it will entice their children to speak the language boldly wherever they found themselves.

The book Ekwe Mgba, according to the author, Mr James Egbuchulam, is advising competitors to always accept defeat whenever they are defeated in a contest instead of protesting.

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