The Chairperson, Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, Comrade Adeola Ekine has called for the recruitment of more Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the media sector.
Ekine, who made the call during an interview with BONews Service, solicited that more PWDs who are media professionals should be recruited into the sector, either in the private or public media organisations.
Her words: “There are many PWDs that are educated, enlightened and professionals in various fields. As such, 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 organisations are recruiting PWDs, they should also provide facilities which would make their work easier and optimal.
“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.
The Chairman maintained that the recurring call for disability-inclusion in the media space can only be effective if media organisations began to recruit PWDs.