The Linguistic Association of Nigeria (LAN) said unless proactive steps were taken, more than 50 minority languages in the country might become extinct in a few years.
President of the association, Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche, disclosed this in Jos on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day annual conference of LAN holding at University of Jos.
Ohiri-Aniche, who was represented by Prof. Harrison Adeniye, spoke of the urgent need to revive moribund minority languages because of their importance to the cultural good of the country.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to “reawaken” the national language policy to prevent the minority languages from going extinct.
“Let me use this opportunity to advise the Federal Government on the need to reawaken the national language policy project which is moribund already.
“There is also an urgent need to establish language centers to prevent possible extinction of most minority languages in the...