A respected monarch, Onibudo of Ayetoro Budo-Ota in Ado-Odo Ota local government area of Ogun State, Oba Adewunmi Odutala, has advised the federal government to pay more attention to locally made goods in the year 2024.
The monarch said if Nigeria must achieve prosperity, goods that Nigerians produce must stop coming from foreign countries into NigeriaN local markets.
Oba Odutala said this at a special press briefing organised to advise the Nigerian government for the year 2024.
In his words, he said, “Government should pay attention to little things that affect the lives of the common masses. We should encourage locally-made goods in 2024. Invest in local manufacturers. The FG should stop the importation of Ankara fabrics and empower Ankara factories in Nigeria.
“If they want Nigerians to patronise the local market, the government should settle down and invest in local markets and we will all thrive together.”
The monarch also appealed to the federal government to nip in the bud, the gradual death of Nigeria’s local languages.
Just like English and mathematics, Oba Odutala advocated that the government should ensure that candidates excel in their local languages to get admitted into tertiary institutions in the country.
“Encourage the speaking of local languages in government offices and schools, make local languages a compulsory subject to gain admission into our higher institutions. It is only in Nigeria we train our children with foreign languages and we want them to do well academically, it doesn’t work that way, you can’t use another man’s language to train your children and expect them to excel. The level of intelligence is not determined by how much vocabulary they can speak.
“Nations that teach their children local languages are better than us. What have we invented or gained from speaking big English? 2024 must change.”