International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 2, December 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286
Ukaegbu, Eunice Kingsley and Onyi, Prince Agbor
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the set of indices which the United Nations set as targets and indicators of measuring the development of nations of the World. They are a set of shared aspirations and efforts to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place. The target extends to Nigeria who is among the 191 countries of the world that set these goals. This work, therefore examines the possibility of achieving these goals without making use of our indigenous language resources. A review and assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria which was to be implemented between 2000-2015 reveals that Nigeria has not met twenty-five percent of the MDGs. Observation shows that the high level of illiteracy was responsible for underdevelopment and poverty in
Nigeria, and the marginalization of the indigenous languages in the implementation of the MDG’s resulted to its failure, as information to provide guidance by government to majority of the people on sustainable development can only come from the use of indigenous languages. If only 79 million Nigerians out of a population of 156 million people can speak and understand English, how can any developmental scheme programmed in English be successful? This paper therefore takes a critical look at the differences the indigenous languages would make in the achievement of each of the Sustainable Development Goals, in contrast to the MDG where it was not used.
Keywords: Indigenous languages, Sustainable Development Goals, Nigeria.