The Federal Government has directed TV stations to in line with National Broadcasting Code, to deploy sign language interpreters during their major news casting.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the directive on Monday in Abuja during a virtual meeting with the officials of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).
The minister said that the directive would be officially communicated to all public and private TV stations on Tuesday.
It was reported that the directive was sequel to a complaint by the Executive Director of CCD, Mr David Anyaele that many of their members were being discriminated against without the sign language component during news casting.
Anyaele who was physically present at the meeting, said he was making the request on behalf of the 31 million Nigerians living with disabilities.
The minister noted that the sign language component during news casting was backed by the NBC code and the directive would go out to TV stations to comply to the provision.
He assured that his ministry would collaborate with the Centre in the implementation of the relevant sections of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed said he was glad that that some states had domesticated the Law, particularly Lagos and Ekiti states that were meeting with the imperatives of the Act.
He said the body must be proactive in ensuring the implementation of the provision of the Act that all public organisations are to reserve at least five per cent of employment opportunities for Persons With Disabilities (PWD).
Earlier, Anyaele thanked President Buhari for making the Disability Act a reality after more than 18 years of struggle.
He solicited the support of the minister in the sensitisation process of the provision of the Act as well as capacity building.
NAN reports that the Disability Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on ground of disability.
The Act imposes fine of N1 million for corporate bodies and N100,000 for individuals or a term of six months imprisonment for violation.
The law, among others, prohibits discrimination in public transportation facilities and directs service providers to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired and all persons howsoever challenged.
Nigerian boss shares his experience with new worker in his salon
TBoss blasts ‘childish, petty’ men who take back gifts from lovers after breakups
‘Leave us to enjoy our father’s hard work’, Davido tells man who tackled his cousin, Tunji
VIDEO: It’s foolish to divorce if you catch your husband cheating – Actress Liz Benson
Nurses declare three days warning strike in Ondo State
Lady reveals how she neglects boyfriend and prefers sleeping with another man everyday to avoid losing her value
Kwara to vaccinate women against tetanus in 10 LGAs
Zamfara schoolgirls: Security operatives, vigilantes in pursuit of abductors – Govt
Legendary highlife musician Pa Chris Ajilo dies at 92
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Villagers parade naked man accused of raping woman, trying to pluck out her eyes in Akure
VIDEO: Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, who acted with Frank Spencer, clocks 80
‘Eko Gba Gbere’ singer, Pa Chris Ajilo, is dead (Listen to music)
VIDEO: Lagos preachers fight dirty over preaching spot in Ikeja
Reactions trail Adamu Garba’s ‘investing in cows is better than cryptocurrency’ comment
Four men gang-rape girl in Benue
VIDEO: NDLEA seizes N1.4bn worth of cannabis in Edo
VIDEO: NLC stages protest at CAC HQ in Abuja
VIDEO: Niger Delta militants threaten to attack Abuja, Lagos
VIDEO: Nigerian policeman preaches to passers-by in local market
VIDEO: Drama as Nigerian Police officers push-start ‘Black Maria’ conveying arrested #LekkiTollgate protesters
VIDEO: Why we may replace BVN with NIN – Minister
VIDEO REVIEWS: Lekki tollgate reopening, FG’s plan for electric cars, other
VIDEO: Three students suffocate to death as hundreds struggle to write exam in overcrowded Ebonyi varsity hall
Zimbabwe govt calls viral anti-corruption song, DemLoot, boring
- General21 hours ago
Police officer knocked over bridge alive, discharged from hospital -PPRO
- Sports18 hours ago
BOXING: Anthony Joshua to Tyson Fury: I’m the boss
- General21 hours ago
Workshop explosion leaves three dead, five injured in Singapore
- Entertainment19 hours ago
Tattoo Drama: Nkechi Blessing and Bobrisky clash on social media
- Politics23 hours ago
Agencies disobeyed Osinbajo’s directive on 24-hour port operation- NPA MD
- Sports19 hours ago
Thierry Henry resigns as CF Montreal head coach
- Sports17 hours ago
Abducted Robo motorist found alive
- General23 hours ago
Reckless driver faces imprisonment for tipping policeman over bridge