Accessing public places is a daunting challenge for the people who use wheelchairs in Nigeria. The Nigerian environment is not built to accommodate their accessibility needs.
To correct that, Blessing Mary Ocheido is demanding that disability ramps and special access areas are built in public locations in Nigeria. Following her experience at Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank, Blessing created a hashtag, #RampUpNigeria, to drive the conversation and also raise awareness for disabled individuals living in Nigeria.
“I want this conversation to go viral. Let’s keep holding the appropriate authorities to task over the discrimination of persons with disabilities”, she wrote on her Facebook page.
Blessing had gone to both banks to carry out some transactions but realized that she couldn’t go into the banks because they had no ramps for her wheelchair to climb in, no special access area either and the bank door was too narrow for her to go in.
The #RampUpNigeria movement seeks to charge the various levels of governments and private institutions to create a more enabling environment for persons living with disabilities in an already handicapping society.
Blessing is also the Director of Platinum Interventions Care Initiative in Nigeria, an NGO that caters for internally displaced persons, street kids and disabled individuals locally.
Read her experiences with both banks below
Dear Access Bank,I use a wheelchair and needed to make use of your MoneyGram services sometime last week and upon…
Dear GTBank,As a wheelchair user, I have some concerns over the way your facilities exclude me from your…
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