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Media guidelines on disability inclusion to be developed

Stakeholders from the Academia, Media, civil society organizations have converged on Abuja to brainstorm on the need to produce media guidelines for disability-inclusive electoral coverage in Nigeria.

The validation exercise which was conducted by the Institute for Media and Society under the European Union support for Democratic governance in Nigeria was aimed at ensuring that persons with disability are adequately captured by the media

In his remarks, Dr. Gbenga Fasiku of the department of philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Osun state said there was a wide gap on the reportage of PWDS in Nigeria, hence the need for media support to this segment of the society.

Similarly her counterpart from the University of Ilorin, Dr Saudat Abdul-Baqi noted that media engagement and advocacy would achieve a wider coverage of PWDS clusters in Nigeria if given the necessary coverage and reportage.

Also, Dr. Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle of the Lagos State University said media was pivotal to the promotion and changing the perception and attitude of the society to PWDs.

The Founder of Albinism Foundation, Jake Epelle noted that the media should assist in raising advocacy for PWDS to be voted into political positions saying his cluster community of PWDS would advocate more implementation of the electoral act.

In his submission, the Executive Director, Institute for Media and Society, Dr. Akin Akingbulu described the media as a major stakeholder that needed to assist in creating space for persons with disabilities through the portrayal of their issues in a positive perception for equal participation in the political and electoral process.

Reporting by Olufisoye Adenitan, editing by Daniel Adejo