TV stations mandated to feature sign language interpreter -
February 22, 2021

TV stations mandated to feature sign language interpreter


The Federal Government has directed TV stations to in line with National Broadcasting Code, deploy sign language interpreters during their major newscasting.

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.

A 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 newscasting.

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 newscasting was backed by the NBC code and the directive would go out to TV stations to comply with 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 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).


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