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.
It was reported that the directive was 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.