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April 14, 2024
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Youth leader seeks programmes to sustain indigenous languages

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By Blessing Ibegbu

The Aso Pada Youth Development Association (APYDA), Karu, Nasarawa, on Saturday urged youth leaders to always embark on programmes to encourage indigenous language among youth across the nation.

Mr Micah Chetubo, its chairman, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Karu.

Chetubo, who spoke through the Public Relations officer, Emmanuel Yakubu, said that organising some indigenous social programmes such as competitions, festivals and beauty pageants would boost the youth’s zeal.

He said it would anlso develop passion in familiarising with their local languages.

“The APYDA is organising a programme – Mr & Mrs Gbagyi – this month. Interestingly, the most important criteria is the ability of contestants to speak Gbagyi language fluently.

“So far, we have been getting positive responses from the community. Most young people are beginning to perfect their fluency in the language.

“In the course of the competition, anyone found wanting in speaking the Gbagyi language will automatically be disqualified,” he said.

According to him, it will not just be the usual beauty pageant.

“We shall invite people that will educate the youths on the already forgotten norms and culture of the Gbagyi speaking people.

“We believe that oganising such events will not only promote local languages, but will also aid development in the communities,” he said,

He, therefore, urged the youths of every community to teach themselves new things that could help in developing their local communities.

NAN reports that Aso Pada is a District in Karu Local Government Council of Nasarawa State.

NAN also reports that the people speak Gbagyi as their indigenous language, with their community sitting beside the popular Mararaba market, where most FCT workers reside. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Abiemwense Moru

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