Written by Godfrey AKON

FG restates commitment to French language project

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to promoting the teaching and learning of French language in Nigeria especially at the basic education level.

A statement from the Ministry of Education said the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah stated this during a courtesy call by the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gaver.

Anwukah said French language is strategic to Nigeria as the country is surrounded by French-speaking neighbours, stressing that for effective communication on the international scene, efforts must be sustained to ensure that Nigerians are able to speak, read and write the language.

According to him, shortage of teachers in the subject at basic and post basic levels is a major challenge in achieving the desired result, calling on the French Government to continue to support Nigeria through training and retraining of its French teachers.

Earlier, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Daver restated the resolve of his government to continue to support programmes aimed at advancing the study of French in Nigeria.

Shortly after the courtesy call by the French Ambassador, the minister proceeded to perform the flag- off ceremony of the French Language Clinic at the Federal Government College Apo where he was conducted round the facility by the deputy director in charge of foreign languages Mrs Elizabeth Itodo.

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