We can use French language to combat banditry, insurgency — Prof Ayeleru

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Security operatives in the country can better fight insurgency and banditry by learning French, according to Ayeleru, the Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian French Language Village. He added that since a large portion of insurgents are believed to originate from French-speaking countries in West and Central Africa, which are close to Northern Nigeria, the result would help to strengthen the fight against terrorists.

Prof Ayeleru believes that if more security people knew the language, they would be better positioned to gather intelligence and foil their evil schemes.
Prof. Ayeleru said this while chatting with a group of journalists at the Village Badagry. He highlighted that learning French as a second language encourages linguistic diversity, and that French-speaking job seekers have a greater chance than their monolingual counterparts.

“Those in Customs, Immigration, Naval officers, and the Armed Forces in general, as well as those in the Foreign Service and the DSS, are taught by us.” They’re all aware of the importance of French in terms of intelligence gathering. As you may be aware, the majority of these individuals are immigrants who have entered our country from other countries. We are surrounded by Francophone countries, and if our neighbours are Francophone, we can begin to collect a lot of intelligence by interacting with them and becoming at least marginally skilled in French.

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Prof. Ayeleru went on to say that translation and interpretation can cause problems in the communication process. “That is why it is said that while you are translating, you have a predisposition to cheat in some way.” When someone says something, you might choose to make the translation light, serious, or even factual. “Besides, if you understand the language, the method you obtain information will be different than someone who has a paper but does not speak French and relies on someone else to conduct the translation,” says the author.

Over 72,000 students from various academic institutions, as well as other categories of Nigerian learners, have received French language training over the years, he noted.

According to Ayeleru, the Nigerian French Village is dedicated to expanding the French language in the country and fostering a culture of transnational bilingualism for nation building and international cooperation, which is in keeping with the school’s objective.

“Apart from the fact that students who complete their Language Immersion course in the French Village have higher levels of proficiency in French after their Immersion programme than those who continue to travel outside of the country for the same programme,” Ayeleru said, “the establishment of the French Village has saved the nation millions of dollars in forex.”

He added that the village also hosted workshops and refresher courses for 561 teachers from across the federation, as well as hundreds of personnel from ministries, parastatals, agencies, and private companies such as the Ministry of Defense, Nigeria Airspace Management, Nigeria Navy, and Nigeria Police Force.

He bemoaned the fact that, although having the same status as other universities, the school has been delisted from TETFund since 2010, despite the fact that it remains one of the best ventures to emerge on the national educational scene. He believes that the lack of money is a big obstacle. He predicted that, given the current management’s proactive approach to extensive classroom and other facility rehabilitation, re-listing into the TETFund and other financial aid will enable the service tertiary institution to fulfil its fundamental goal.

“Over the years, the Village’s tragic removal from the TETfund beneficiary list has stifled infrastructural and staff development.” I’m hoping that the TETfund issue will be resolved shortly.

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It has the smallest budget of all the institutions under the National Universities Commission’s jurisdiction (NUC). Even with its little budget, it is only partially released.

“The cost of running the Village almost entirely on diesel, monthly salary payments to Action Guards, payment of labourers and cleaners all sourced from the pitiful Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the cost of maintaining the Village hostels, classrooms and residential buildings, the environment, and vehicles, all sourced from the pitiful Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the cost of maintaining the Village hostels, classrooms and residential buildings, the environment, and vehicles, all leave the Village in deficit at the end of

“Despite having the same status as other universities, the institution has been delisted from the TETFund since 2010.”

It has the smallest budget of all the institutions under the National Universities Commission’s jurisdiction (NUC). Even with its little budget, it is only partially released.

“The cost of running the Village almost entirely on diesel, monthly salary payments to Action Guards, payment of labourers and cleaners all sourced from the pitiful Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the cost of maintaining the Village hostels, classrooms and residential buildings, the environment, and vehicles, all sourced from the pitiful Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the cost of maintaining the Village hostels, classrooms and residential buildings, the environment, and vehicles, all leave the Village in deficit at the end of

“Some of the Village’s fences have been collapsing at random intervals. These boundary fences were inherited from the 1960s. Repairing the fallen fence is sometimes done with precious resources that could be put to better use elsewhere. Insufficient residential facilities and a lack of service cars to accommodate the systemic increase in student population.

“At the moment, the Village Library’s holdings are rather limited. Since 2006, there has been no significant addition to the stock, and due to a lack of funding, the Village has been unable to computerise the Library’s operations.”

He did, however, request that the government intervene by providing a special grant, re-listing the French Language Village on the TETFund beneficiaries list, and empowering the school to carry out its duty effectively and successfully in terms of operations and facilities.

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