The Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has approved the commencement of degree programmes in Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo Languages, Arabic and Philosophy.
The development was revealed yesterday by the Dean of Faculty of Art, Prof. Doris Obieje during the Faculty’s maiden Public Lecture which was themed “Religion, Language, Culture and National Integration: Through the Lens of a Philosopher”.
“It’s my pleasure to reiterate that the Vice Chancellor and Senate of this university have approved for you, your friends and wards to embark on a degree in Philosophy, Arabic, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa languages in the Open National University of Nigeria,” she stated.
Obieje stated that the need to prevent disintegration in the nation despite the differences among the various ethnic constituents informed the choice of the lecture.
Prof. Oladele Balogun, the guest lecturer at the maiden lecture, noted that the need to develop Africa’s indigenous languages and also made an official language and the nonaboriginal members of the community should learn how to communicate with it.
“This will serve as one of the unifying factors that solidify and bind Africans into familyhood. Academically, African indigenous languages should be used for teaching and learning. Children should be taught in indigenous languages irrespective of the part of Africa they get educated.
“This will help Africans to have a good mastery of their native languages. One might fear that such exercise will threaten intracultural interactions and relations,” he stated.
Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, Vice Chancellor of NOUN, stressed that the lecture remain the most significant overtime going by the fact language and development are critical to any nation.