The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Thursday visited the Lagos State House of Assembly to watch the plenary sitting of the House conducted in Yoruba language.
Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, restated the commitment of the Assembly to the promotion of Yoruba language and the culture of the Yoruba people. He assured the Yoruba monarch that he and his colleagues in the Assembly will continue to work to promote the Yoruba language and culture.
“We’ve started conducting our Thursday plenary sessions in Yoruba. We’ve gone ahead to organise the Yoruba Stakeholders’ Summit and we will ensure that the teaching of Yoruba language becomes compulsory in Lagos State. We will not relent and we will continue to do more so that our dear language will not go into extinction,” he said.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker urged Yoruba wherever they are to make the language the tool of communication with their children at home. “The era of using other people’s language as tool of communication for our children should be rejected and should be done away with,” he said.
Ooni Ogunwusi commended the Lagos lawmakers for being in the forefront of the struggle to promote the Yoruba language and culture. “I’m very happy to be here and I want to commend the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for being in the forefront of the struggle for the promotion of Yoruba language and culture,” Oba Ogunwusi said.
The monarch stated further that he was particularly pleased with the plenary sitting of the House conducted in Yoruba, saying that he had to push forward his visit to the House by 24 hours because he wanted to witness the Yoruba plenary session of the lawmakers.
“I’m highly impressed and indeed with what you have done, the Lagos State House of Assembly has become role model for others in the country in the area of culture promotion,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.
The programme was concluded with exchange of gifts between the Speaker and his visitor.