Deputy Governor Of Kano State, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has said that the aspect of promoting and preservation of Hausa language translates to the promotion of the culture of the speakers of the language and their customs.
He stated this during a Quiz competition on the Hausa language organised by the Association of Hausa Students Of Nigeria for Tertiary Institutions to mark the International Hausa Language Day held at Bayero University, Kano.
Gawuna who described the Hausa language as one of the widely spoken languages in the world noted that promoting indigenous languages will facilitate the fulfillment of national development as is the case with most of the developed countries of the world.
He explained that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje through its free basic and compulsory education program in the State strengthens the promotion and preservation of the Hausa language.
He further reveals that the Hausa language simplifies and plays a complementary role in the ability to understand and interpret scenarios even in other languages, therefore he emphasised that positive steps should be taken towards maintaining the status and usage of the Hausa language.
While congratulating the winners of the quiz competition, the Deputy Governor reiterates his determination to continue to be part of organising such competitions that will be beneficial to the students to explore their talents and promote their indigenous language.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas represented by Professor Habib Miko Yakasai said the University has been synonymous with the development of the Hausa language since when it was established.
He then commended the effort of the Kano Deputy Governor for sponsoring the competition and for his concern for the development of the Hausa language while calling on other leaders and stakeholders to emulate.
Federal College Of Education, Kano emerged winner while Bayero University Kano and Aminu College Of Islamic and legal Studies came second and third respectively in the Hausa language quiz competition participated by 11 tertiary institutions.
During the occasion, a paper titled-Hausa Language, Yesterday and Today was presented by Professor Salisu Ahmad Yakasai represented by Professor Aliyu Mu’azu.