The federal government on Saturday stated that students from primary to tertiary institutions will henceforth learn French language compulsorily, promising to embark on intensive training of moreFrench teachers so as to make it Nigeriaâ€™s second official language. The Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, stated this in Abuja when the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gaver, paid him a courtesy call.
Anwukah said, â€œFrench language is a matter of necessity. We have to because we have Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Benin Republic, Togo Guinea, and Ivory Coast surrounding us and so there is need for us to get more Nigerians to become proficient in French language. â€œThis is good for the continent; it is good for us as a nation. It is good for our brothers at the borders because it will enable us to communicate with them effectively,â€ the minister added.