The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, has stressed that efforts should be made by all and sundry to document indigenous languages and Cultural expression of Ghanaians for archival purposes, such that generations yet unborn would appreciate their historical origins.
He underscored that from the UNESCO’s point of view, linguistic diversity was increasingly threatened globally, as more indigenous languages would gradually become extinct on earth, if concerted efforts were not taken to tackle the issue head-on.
Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, made these remarks during the celebration of the International Mother Tongue Day, Dubbed ‘SANEGBAA’ organized by the Bureau of Ghana Languages, on the 21st February, 2020, in Accra, under the theme: Indigenous Languages Matter for Development, Peace Building and Reconciliation.
Hon. Dr. Ziblim Barri, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Gusheigu Constituency in the Northern Region, indicated that globally there were about 7, 000 Languages out of which about 50, excluding dialects were dominant in Ghana.
According to him, it was for these reasons that it became imperative for government to promote indigenous languages as a vital resource for the transmission of indigenous knowledge from generation to generation.
The acting Director of the Bureau of the Ghana Languages, Mr. William Boateng emphasized that his outfit, is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, was responsible for the development of Ghana’s languages and organized the programme to educate and whip up public interest in the speaking of their mother tongue nationwide.
On his part, the Managing Director of Insight News Paper, Mr. Kwasi Pratt Junior, said the general populace in the country had the onus to explain to the political class the societal ills affecting them which needed to be urgently addressed.
He used the occasion to commend Peace FM media station for its commitment in the promotion of Ghanaian languages through its Akan language contents programmes.
The former Chairman of the National Media Commission, Nana Kwasi Gyan- Appenteng, called on the Bureau of Ghana Languages to help monitor the use of Ghanaian languages in the broadcasting of political discussion on the media space.
He described a report by the Media foundation for West Africa, which indicated that excessive usage of mother tongue had the tendency to create tension, since people were comfortable speaking their mother tongues.
Present at the function were some Academia in the promotion of Mother tongue languages, as well as the Representation of some school children within the Greater Accra Region.