Governor Biodun Oyebanji signs law to preserve, promote Yoruba language

By Samuel Ogunsona

The Governor of Ekiti State, Abiodun Oyebanji has signed into law the promotion and preservation of Yoruba language.

Experts believe the Yoruba language preservation law will also preserve indigenous traditional knowledge, art, music and the history of Ekiti and by implication that of the Yoruba people.

The law is the first in Nigeria to promote the United Nations Declaration in the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a major global instrument for the preservation of traditional knowledge, language being its most important instrument.

In line with the administration’s Governance agenda, t Oyebanji also signed four other new laws, following their passage by the state House of Assembly.

The signing of the new laws came barely five days after the Governor signed three laws at a brief ceremony on the last day of the sixth Assembly.

The newly signed laws are:

(1), Ekiti State local Government staff loans board law, 2023

(2), Ekiti State Fire Service Law. 2023.

(3), Ekiti State Wealth and Fund Law, 2023.

(4), Ekiti State Local Government Administration Law, 2023.

(5), Yoruba language preservation and promotion law 2023.

Governor Oyebanji restates his administration’s commitment to promoting good governance through relevant legislations and policies that have direct impact on the people.

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