BreakingNews 22/11/16 - Obiano to set up Igbo radio station in Anambra

[ Masterweb Reports: Emma Elekwa reports ] - Chief Willie Obiano of Anambra state on Tuesday said his government will float an Igbo speaking radio station in the state as part of measures to sustain the language from going into extinction. Obiano also ordered that all public servants, traders, as well as students and pupils in schools across the state to put on traditional attires every Wednesday of the week.


 Speaking at the occasion to promote Igbo language tagged 'Ituputakwa Suwakwa Igbo', the governor said the radio station which would transmit only Igbo programmes, has become necessary in view of the gradual decline of the language among the Igbos.


 He also announced that folklores would be thought in all primary schools in the state to ensure the traditional values and heritage of the igbos are sustained from generation to generation.


 Obiano, who pledged his government readiness to support every effort targeted  at saving the language from going into extinction, also promised to provide the association championing the cause with a bus to facilitate their activities.


 The Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Stella Onuora, urged the Igbo in diaspora to be pride in their culture and language by first speaking and teaching the same to their wards.

 Earlier, the President and founder of the association and erstwhile Vice chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Pita Ejiofor, berated the level of marginalisation the Igbos race has suffered over the years, particularly in the broadcasting industry.


 He however expressed optimism of a turn around, just as he announced the recent decision by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to commence transmission of its programmes in Igbo language next year.


Emma Elekwa reports from Awka, Anambra State.


*Photo Caption - Governor Willie Obiano

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