Coming several weeks after the Lagos state government declared its intention to introduce Mandarin, the Chinese language in public owned schools, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has diclosed that as a matter of compulsion, members of the State Executive Council must now undergo French lessons.
The governor who disclosed this while receiving the French Consular-General in Lagos, Mr. Francois Sastourne who led his team on a courtesy visit to him at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, also added that henceforth, public secondary schools in the state will be mandated to include the foreign language in their respective curricular.
He said it had become necessary in order to create avenue for the sharing of cultural experiences and activities with the French community.
Further justifying the need to make the learning of French Language imperative, he said it would widen the level of interaction between the people of the state and the neighbouring countries most of which are French-speaking.
In his response, the Consular-General said that his visit was to promote economic cooperation between Oyo State and his home government.
He also emphasized the importance of French Language to Nigerians, considering the fact that Nigeria is surrounded by French-speaking countries.