MULTILIGUALISM AND INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA JOSEPHINE EGBOR ODEY FACULTY OF EDUCATIONBENUE STATE UNIVERSITY,MAKURDI.
This paper examines the provision of the National Policy on Education (NPE / 981), for the teaching of Hausa. Yoruba and Ibo against the background of multilingualism and the desire of Nigerians to bring up a generation of Nigerians who are literate in their indigenous languages. Multilingualism is seen as a he: factor in decision making about languages, for administration. education etc. The paper recommends that literacy in at least two indigenous languages he a prerequisite for holding any political office in Nigeria. This, it hopes will encourage literacy in indigenous languages and give many more Nigerian languages the opportunity to acquire Language of’ Wider Communication (L WC) status.