By; JULIANA KATUNG, Kaduna
Nigerian government has been called upon to provide sign language interpretation/captions in public places such as hospitals, national TV stations, buses and train stations.
The call was made by the Chairman Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria, Kaduna State Chapter, Nuhu Ayuba.
He also urged government, families religious leaders and friends of the deaf to learn and support the learning of sign language to break the communication barrier between the deaf and the hearing world.
“The international day of sign language with the theme: ‘Sign language is for everyone’ is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users,” he said.
According to him, the World Federation of the Deaf, has a record of approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide and more than 80% are living in the developing countries which Nigeria is part of iand they use more than 300 different sign languages.
The chairman also called on the Kaduna State Government to sign the Disability Right Bill so that people living with disability will be protected against discrimination and labelling.
He however, recalled that the UN General Assembly set aside September 23 as the international day of sign language in order to raise awareness of its importance in the full realization of the rights of the deaf.