Blind Nigerians Set To Embark On Nationwide Protest, Issues Ultimatum | READ DETAILS

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Blind Nigerians Set To Embark On Nationwide Protest, Issues Ultimatum | READ DETAILS

The Nigerian Association of the Blind has issues a one-week ultimatum to all banks including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure financial inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Association threatened to mobilize over 25 million Nigerians with disabilities for a nationwide protest if they are not granted independent access to financial services and benefits in the country.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, the President of the Association, Ishayaku Adamu lamented that Nigerian banks are yet to implement principles earmarked to benefit persons with disability.

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According to him, they have no access to loans, access to devices to allow them transact independently, among others.

In Adamu’s words;

“In 2012 Bankers in the country came up with nine principles which are mainly to promote financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment and to integrate environmental and social considerations into all bank decision making processes.

 

“In spite of this, persons with disabilities and not just our members still face ill treatment from bank staff due to gaps in knowledge about inclusion and accessibility and methodology to ensure global best practices that puts into consideration the needs of diverse disability groups.

 

“For example, we don’t have ATMs with speech, access to loans and other benefits enjoyed by other people. We want a disability desk created to attend to us among others.

 

“We have made several efforts but all to no avail. We wrote on January 28, 2022, to all banks and the CBN, we are yet to get a response.

 

“We are, however, giving them one week, after which we would mobilise the over 25 million Nigerians with disabilities for a nationwide protest against this injustice.”

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