The Lagos State Government has announced that all candidates seeking admission to all tertiary institutions in the state of Lagos must now have a credit in Yoruba language.
The law, which is now effective, would force the teaching of the Yoruba language to all primary and secondary schools.
The governor of the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, formally signed the bill for “The Preservation and Promotion of the Use of the Yoruba Language and for Related Purposes.” The State is the first state to enact a law that seeks to preserve and promote its indigenous language.
He signed the law together with the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, his Counterpart of Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan and the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, among others.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Language Promotion and Conservation Law establishes that “all laws in the state will be translated into the Yoruba Language.” Moreso, all state-owned tertiary institutions must incorporate the use of the Yoruba Language in the General Studies courses (GNS).
“The use of the Yoruba language will be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishments, corporate entities and the government in the state if interested parties so wish.
“It will not be an offense for a person to speak the Yoruba language on behalf of the state government.”
The law also establishes that any school in the state of Lagos that does not comply with the provisions of Section 2 commits a crime and is responsible for the first violation of the issuance of warning and for the subsequent violation to be closed and also to pay a fine of N500,000.