Officials of Ekiti State government were on Monday banned by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, from speaking English language at cultural and traditional activities.
The directive was handed down in Ado Ekiti during the first Ekiti State Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ Forum with the theme: Arts and Culture for Economic Prosperity.
Fayemi said his government is desirous of promoting arts and culture in the state and reigniting communication through Yoruba and Ekiti dialect.
The governor, who was represented at the event by the Head of Service, Mr. Deji Ajayi, also revealed that the state will hold its Festival of Arts and Culture in December, 2019, as part of the ways to boost the economy of the state.
His words: “From today henceforth, the government has banned the speaking of English in any cultural programme. Whoever that will participate in any traditional programme must speak Yoruba or our dialect”.
Speaking on the relevance of arts and culture to national development, Fayemi said:
“We are going to organise Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture in December this year to enhance our capacities in crafts, dancing, weaving and other vocational areas of arts.
” We should not forget to teach our children those values that will make Ekiti to remember their heritage and sustain our culture as a people.
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