The Tiv Language Studies and Development Association has urged the state government to enact a law for the teaching and learning of Tiv language in primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Benue State.
President of the Association, Rev. Fr. Tagesa Akpagher, made the call on Thursday when he led the executive committee of the Association to visit the Principal Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism to the governor, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, at his office in Makurdi.
Akpagher, who welcomed Governor Ortom’s pronouncement on the teaching of Tiv in schools, appealed to him to make a legislation to back his directive, adding that such a law would endear the governor to the people.
He listed the development of a standard Tiv orthography and curriculum at the primary and secondary school levels and organisation of workshops for teachers as part of the association’s efforts to boost the teaching of the language.
He said the teaching of Tiv at the tertiary level would create opportunities for the employment of graduates of the discipline in several places including examination bodies.
Agerzua commended members for what he described as their sacrifices for the entire Tiv people.