Unless proactive steps were taken, more than 50 minority languages in the country might become extinct in a few years, according to The Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN).
In a five-day annual conference of LAN held in Jos, President of the association, Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, who was represented by Prof. Harrison Adeniye, said that it is really important to revive moribund minority languages because of their importance to the cultural good of the country.
"Let me use this opportunity to advise the Federal Government on the need to reawaken the national language policy project which is moribund already.
"There is also an urgent need to establish language centers to prevent possible extinction of most minority languages in the country," he said.
The LAN president stated that the establishment of the centres to teach local languages will help revive some languages already extinct.
He also encouraged parents to always speak to their children in their local dialects.
H/T: Vanguard Newspaper.