Chairperson, Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, Comrade Adeola Ekine has called for more recruitment of Persons with Disabilities into the media sector.
Ekine who made the call this during an interview with BONews Service, disclosed that there are PWDs who are media professionals and should be recruited into the sector, either at private or public media organizations.
Ekine also stressed that, “PWDs 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.”
The NAWOJ Chair 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.
Ekine noted that the recurring call for disability-inclusion in the media space can only be effective if media organizations began to recruit PWDs.