The Lagos State Government has announced that all candidates seeking admission into all tertiary institutions in Lagos State must henceforth possess credit in Yoruba Language.
The law, which is now effective, would make the teaching of Yoruba Language compulsory for all primary and secondary schools. The subject is to be taken as a core subject.
The state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, formally signed the bill into law “for the preservation and promotion of the use of Yoruba Language and for connected purposes. The State is the first state to enact law seeking to preserve and promote its indigenous language.
He signed the law alongside the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, among others.
However, the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion law provides that “all the laws in the state will be translated into Yoruba Language. Moreso, all state-owned tertiary institutions are to incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) courses.
“The use of Yoruba language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned.
“It shall not be an offence for a person to speak Yoruba language by the state government.”
The law also state that any school in Lagos State that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500,000.