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Pupils Must Sing National Anthem In Yoruba Daily – Gov. Ambode Orders Principals

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Nigeria_Police_logoIn a rather bizarre development, a worker with an unnamed manufacturing company in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State, Moses Ayogu has been arrested by the police for setting ablaze six of his colleagues, following a heated argument between them.

Sadly, two of the workers reportedly died, while four others sustained varying degrees of burns and have been admitted to Apapa General Hospital. Meanwhile, the suspect had been arraigned at Apapa Magistrates’ Court but the presiding magistrate ordered the transfer of the case to Kirikiri Magistrates’ Court for proper prosecution and ordered that the suspect be remanded at Kirikiri Prison.

According to police source, the suspect set Lawrence Onyejekwe, John Omeren, Chijioke Anayo, Emmanuel Phillip, Titus Terkuwe and Hope Effiong on fire, a few days ago, over an argument that ensued between them on the premises of the company. The suspect had allegedly sprayed the victims with insecticide before setting them on fire with a match stick.

Two of the victims, Onyejekwe and Ameren, reportedly died instantly before they could be rushed to the hospital, while the four others escaped death, but were seriously injured. Nigerian Tribune reported that the suspect had wanted to escape from the premises of the company but was apprehended and handed over to the police at Festac Town Police Station by the management of the company.

Source: Tribune

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Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday ordered public and private school principals in the state that students should sing the National Anthem in Yoruba Language daily.

Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, relayed the directive at a meeting with Principals and Head Teachers of public schools in Lagos.

She said that Yoruba Language would also be made a compulsory subject for students.

Adebule said that Wednesdays had been declared ‘Yoruba Speaking Day’ in schools, with all teaching and learning activities from assembly period to closing being done in Yoruba.

”Governor Ambode wants me to pass this message to you, that henceforth, Yoruba language be made compulsory in both private and public schools.

”The National Anthem must be sung in Yoruba on a daily basis too.

“The Egbe Akomolede has done the translation and we will send the copies of the Yoruba version to your schools by Monday so you can begin to teach the students.

”I have also met with the owners of private schools and we have relayed this directive to them.

”We are also considering translating the textbooks of other subjects into Yoruba Language because I believe that when students are taught in their mother language, learning will be easy and their level of performance will improve.

”The state government is passionate about this Law, so we do not lose our language, culture and heritage,” she said.

Adebule said the Ministry of Education was doing an assessment to ascertain the number of Yoruba teachers that would be required to effectively teach the language in public schools.

She appealed to the school managers to cooperate with the government to drive and ensure the effective implementation of the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law.

Lanre Ogunyemi, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, said the development would be beneficial to the younger generation and generations unborn.

”In Finland, you must pass the Finnish Language before you are offered admission into high institutions. Same is done in Germany, China and other developed countries.

”We need to adopt such to drive development and foster national unity. I beg you all to key into this law and make it work, ” Ogunyemi said.

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