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DRIVERS LICENSE : NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA EXCITES AS UNITED STATES ADOPTS YORUBA LANGUAGE IN TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : September 1st, 2023

DRIVERS LICENSE : NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA EXCITES AS UNITED STATES ADOPTS YORUBA LANGUAGE IN TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION

Nigerian-Americans are among the most successful immigrant groups, topping the charts in a wide array of fields.

The Yoruba people of present-day South-Western Nigeria are the fountainhead of a number of vibrant and growing global success from arts, religion, education, music, sports etc.

From BALTIMORE USA — Maryland’s learner’s permit knowledge test, and its study materials, will soon be offered in nine more languages, bringing the total for each to 17 languages.

Getting a learner’s permit is the first step to getting a driver’s license in the state.

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration said it is expanding accessibility services as part of Gov. Wes Moore’s focus on equity and access.

The new languages being offered are:

Yoruba (West Africa)
Tagalog
Amharic (Afro-Asiatic language)
Arabic
Russian
Urdu
Hindi
Farsi
Portuguese
American Sign Language

Motor Vehicle Administrator Chrissy Nizer said in a news release that enhancing the accessibility for the driver’s knowledge test and study materials is critical in serving the state’s “linguistically diverse population.”

“We are committed to the safety of all our new drivers and we want all our applicants to understand the materials clearly and have a positive testing experience,” Nizer stated.

To apply for a learner’s permit, applicants must pass the permit driver’s knowledge test which is comprised of 25 random questions that include topics such as roadway signage, rules of the road and more. Applicants must finish the test within 20 minutes with a score of 88% or better to pass.

In faraway United States of America, there is a Yoruba community named Oyotunji African Village. It is located near Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina. Oyotunji is regarded as North America’s oldest authentic African village.

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TINUBU VOWS TO INVOLVE DIASPORANS IN HIS POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: July 27th, 2023

Tinubu vows to involve diaspora Nigerians in policy implementation

President Bola Tinubu said on Tuesday that the government would make sure Nigerians living abroad are part of the policy-making process

He added that this would help deepen democracy in the country and ensure his administration enjoys the needed support from Nigerians in the diaspora.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, the President at the 2023 National Diaspora Day in Abuja, Tinubu noted that Diaspora support and contributions to national development were key.

Tinubu said, “Our country is emerging into a new dawn of dedicated efforts to ensure national development guarantees peace and promote prosperity for all our nation’s people.

“The ambition we have in this regard cannot be fully realised without the support, contribution, and participation of our brothers and sisters all over the world.

“As such, all deliberate efforts will be made in this administration to ensure that Nigerians in the diaspora community are involved in designing, implementing, and reviewing public policies, plans, and programmes.

“May I also let you know that this new democratically elected government is a Diaspora-friendly one. This will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diaspora with the view to galvanizing support for the new administration and concretising our democracy, setting an example for other African countries to emulate.”

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Adamu Lamuwa, stated that Nigerians in the diaspora must be sustained towards achieving a developed country.

Lamuwa stated “We have entered a new phase of consolidating diaspora engagement to promote national development.

“This momentum must be sustained even in a dynamic world to bring about the rapid development of our great nation.”

In her remarks, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said, “Our theme is not only appropriate but a summary of the entire mandate of NiDCOM which is to engage and harness the talent, skills, resources and global exposure of Nigerians in the Diaspora for national development.

“Our interactions with the Diaspora community during this year’s National Diaspora Day celebrations, therefore are expected to mobilise the Diaspora to key into some of the programmes of the government and to chart improved and better ways on how to achieve the positive results for national development within the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of the government.”

@Punch