The Nigeria Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ) Lagos chapter, Adeola Ekine, has called for the recruitment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into the media organisations.
The Chairperson of NAWOJ, Adeola Ekine in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated a number of PWDs have the qualifications and enablement to work in the media sector, either public or private.
“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