Prof. Augustine Obiajulu Emejulu, a professor of Communication and Language Arts, is the 4th Executive Director of National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Aba, Abia State.
The don holds a Bachelors degree in English, a Masters degree in Language Arts and a Doctorate in Communication and Language Arts.
Prof. Emejulu's vision is to reposition NINLAN to effectively realise its mandate of awarding certificates, diplomas, degrees and serve as a Centre for research and learning of Nigerian languages.
His priority is the effective running of the Nigeria Certificate in Education programme in some subject areas following the approval by the National Commission for Colleges of Education.
His dream for the Institute is to re-engineer and re-invent it into a world-renowned Centre for the development, survival and revival of Nigeria’s indigenous languages and to make the Institute engender a marriage between indigenous languages and technology, something he believes will revolutionize technological advancement and preserve Nigerian languages from endangerment and possible extinction.
He asked for urgent action to rectify the problem and gives an assurance that as soon as the challenge is dealt with, the Institute would proceed to fulfil its mandate of awarding degrees.
The institution which sits on 209.4 hectares of land along Aba–Azummini Road, Ogbor Hill, Aba, has had its development retarded because of paucity of funds.
NINLAN had over time made efforts to benefit from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-FUND) but had yet to be included in the scheme to enable it to develop its vast land space.
The institution is in need of funds to develop and fulfil its mandate. Assistance is needed from governments and organisations to improve Nigerian languages.
He expressed hope that his five-year tenure would result in better welfare for the staff.