One - Okan (Yoruba)

Two - Abuo (Igbo)

Three - Uku (Hausa)

Learning a subject in one’s dialect has been identified as one way to achieve deeper understanding.

This is why the Nigerian government will soon make teaching Mathematics and other science subjects available in local dialects.

The initiative will focus on pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, a government official said on Wednesday.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, announced the plan at the inauguration of inter-ministerial committee in teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in Local languages in Abuja.

According to the Minister, the project will help Nigerian students understand mathematics and science subjects better.

It will also promote the application of science and technology for national development.

The Nigerian government is worried about the diminishing interest in mathematics and science subjects by students who prefer the arts as a means of self expression.

“For us to build the country of our dreams, for us to make Nigeria a truly great nation, a nation that is able to feed and house its citizens, a nation with a stable currency, we must embrace science and technology.

“Nigeria will remain dependent nation if the citizens did not embrace science and technology, because no nation can become great without science and technology.

“If Nigeria is to be great then, Nigerians must embrace science and technology.

“The socio-economic challenges we are facing in the country is as a result of inadequate application of science and technology,” he said.

Onu expressed concern that graduates are no longer able to get jobs after their studies because the nation imports everything it needs.