OFFICIAL BILINGUALISM: IMPERATIVES IN LITERACY FOR NIGERIAN
KANAYO J. OKEKE
SEN/0R LECTURER, LANGUAGE CENTRE
ABIA STA TE UNIVERSITY, UTURU
P.M.B. 2000, UTURU
The officialisation of French as a second official language implies a lot on literacy programme for Nigerian. It will entail more efforts, more costs and more psychological commitment. The need for French Language in Nigeria cannot really be overemphasized given the obvious compelling factors hinging on the geopolitical and economic-social position of Nigeria in the international community in general and in the Africa continent in particular.
However, the clash between the introduction of French as a second official language and national languages creates linguistic and socio-cultural shock difficult to pad. The national language may have to put up more struggle in order to remain relevant in the scheme of things. To cope with the present challenge, Nigerian may need to be motivated for more efforts in literacy in both modern European languages (mainly English and Igbo) and Nigerian national languages. Efforts should not be dissipated in fighting for the removal of French.