The speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly (AKHA) has stated that the progress and development of the state will be imminent and sustainable if its language and heritage are duly promoted and preserved by the people.
Mr Aniekan Bassey said this when members of the Bring Back Our Language Foundation paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Assembly Complex in Uyo recently, adding that language was a cultural vehicle that drives development, unity, progress and harmony which must be preserved and revered.
While appreciating members of the foundation for their selfless sacrifices in the propagation of the Akwa Ibom language, the speaker maintained that as a man that respects Akwa Ibom culture and values, he will continue to support the foundation to attain greater heights.
"Ibibio language is our identity and I am yet to see any developed country with a borrowed language. So we must strive to restore the consciousness of our language in the minds of our people, Bassey stated.
He lauded the spate at which the foundation has grown to over 26,000 registered members within the short period, urging them not to relent in their quest to keep Akwa Ibom language and heritage alive.
The president of the foundation, Akparawa Michael Umoh, hinted that the foundation started in 2007, thanking him for his support, concern and encouragement for the foundation.
Umoh appealed to the speaker for the enactment of relevant laws to support the work and programmes of the foundation for the good of the people.
High point of the visit was the formal decoration of the speaker as a member of the foundation.