By Smith Akoko
GROUP APPROACHES BENUE’S TSB, DEMANDS RECRUITMENT OF IGEDE LANGUAGE TEACHERS
Apex sociocultural organization of the Igede youth, Igede Youth Council, has lodged an appeal before the Benue State Teaching Service Board for the inclusion of Igede Language teachers in the ongoing recruitment exercise aimed at replacing dead and retired teachers in public secondary schools across the state.
The board had advertised vacancies in secondary schools and specifically called for applications from Tiv and Idoma Language teachers, leaving their Igede counterparts. The youth body, today, wrote to complain to the management with a 3-man delegation comprised of the President, Comr. Andyson Iji Egbodo; former Special Adviser to the Governor, Hon. Onah Blessed Emmanuel; and Hon. Emmanuel Oko sent to press home their demand.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the board, Dr. Frank Kyungun, signed by the national president of the Council, Comr. Andyson Iji Egbodo, national secretary, Amb. Smith Akoko and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Relations, Hon. Emmanuel Oko, the attention of TSB was drawn to the fact that the desire of the state to develop her three major indigenous languages cannot be without the recruitment of Igede Language teachers.
“Igede Language as at today is being taught at the Language Department of the Benue State College of Education, Oju and Benue State University, Makurdi. Proper learning structure of the language in secondary schools will propel the interest of speakers and learners of the language as well as its development for generations to come, hence this appeal,” the letter reads in part.
The Executive Secretary, Dr. Kyungun, while addressing the complaint by his Igede guests thanked the sociocultural body for choosing a peaceful path in drawing Government’s attention to the omission and promised to look into the appeal for redress. He said the board was yet to see the structured curriculum for Igede Language but gave the assurance of calling for applications from Igede Language teachers as soon as it was received.