Nigerians on Twitter have been reacting to the Lagos State Government Law that makes a credit in Yoruba language a compulsory requirement for admission into tertiary institutions in Lagos state.
The law according to the government is designed to preserve and promote the Yoruba language in all schools across the state.
Apart from this, the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law also provides that all state-owned tertiary institutions are to incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) courses.
The law has, however, been generating controversy as Nigerians on Twitter have started reacting to the law.
While many think the law will deprive qualified candidates of admission into higher institutions in Lagos, others praised Lagos government for the initiative.
These are some of the reactions on the social media platform.
So the Lagos State Government proposed a bill that requires that all those seeking admission into Federal institutions most posses a WAEC credit in Yoruba???
Why are we Nigerians like this FFS
— obi hugo (@obi_hugo) February 14, 2018
Oh wait, so now u need a credit in Yoruba to go to lasu?
That is rubbish.
— Alhaji faruk Abdulla (@El_faruqq) February 14, 2018
The only problem i have with the law is where it's mandatory to have studied Yoruba before seeking admission in any tertiary institution. They are depriving those who weren't born in SW and didn't have the opportunity to study Yoruba let alone have credit in WAEC.
— Samuel Oyedepo (@OyedepoSamuel) February 13, 2018
at the new Lagos law that insists non Yorubas must learn (and obtain credit mark in) Yoruba if they must school in Lagos. Imagine all major cities in Nigeria passing such ethnic biased laws.
— Friday Uma (@FridayUma) February 13, 2018
I am Igbo and I am 100% in support of this Law in Lagos State. I encourage every State to do same with their own indigenous language/s. It is a law long overdue in our clime. Kudos @AkinwunmiAmbode & @lagosstategov Don't be persuaded otherwise. https://t.co/8f2aAi207K
— human (@DoDeRightThing) February 13, 2018
The tertiary institutions covered by the law are state-owned, and anyone who had his secondary school education in Lagos or is a resident of Lagos would have been taught Yorùbá. There is Unilag in Lagos for those that can not have at least credit in Yorùbá or can not speak Yorùbá
— Abíọlá Ọmọ Akíntúndé (@AAbiolat) February 12, 2018
This law according to Lagos state government became effective on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan has said anyone seeking admission into the Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos State School of Nursing and Lagos State College of Health Technology, among others must have credit in the Yoruba language.