By Abiodun Azi
Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) Lagos chapter, Adeola Ekine, has called for more recruitment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into the media sector.
Ekine in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos on Monday, said there are PWDs that are media professionals to be recruited into the sector, either at private or public media organizations.
“We have PWDs that are educated, enlightened and professionals in various fields, thus, we should have more of them in the media sector.
“It is also important that employers of labour comply with the provisions of the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, which mandates 5% of workforce to be PWDs,”she said.
The NAWOJ chairperson noted that when organizations are recruiting PWDs, they should also provide facilities which would make their work easier and also perform optimally.
“Some of the barriers PWDs face at work include institutional and attitudinal barriers, but if these are addressed, PWDs can work effectively without discrimination of any sort,”Ekine added.
She noted that the recurring call for disability-inclusion in the media space can only be effective if media organizations began to recruit PWDs