LAGOS – A Nigerian bank has introduced the country’s first and only wheelchair friendly ATM.
In a country that has about 25 million disabled people.
One of those is Mercy Omogbaye, who was born without legs.
However she can’t use her wheelchair to get to work due to the lack of space around the city.
Daily she faces many difficulties including taking over 20 minutes to get to the bust stop.
I am going somewhere and I want to take a public bus, eh.. don&39;t enter, don&39;t enter, eh..we can&39;t carry you, we can&39;t carry you. Some people, few of them will stop, Another thing, overhead bridge, I cannot cross over head bridge says Omogbaye
Another disabled person living in Lagos is Tasiru Adamu.
He has been sweeping this bridge for six years.
and survives on a government stipend and hand-outs.
He says working in the city is difficult for disabled people
I climb all the way up here by myself. If they are making things easy for us, they should do it here says Adamu
The Keystone bank is the first bank in the country to add ramps to their ATM lobbies for disabled people. The ramps now allow people with crutches and wheelchairs to easily withdraw money,
without having to ask for help from banking staff or strangers.
They have things they can offer but they are impeded by issues around amenities, issues around a plan for them so it’s something that I want to believe that beyond the government, groups, more banks, more institutions and indeed people who have the wherewithal to keep planning for them says Yvonne Isichei Executive Director Operations and Technology Keystone Bank.
Discrimination against disabled people is illegal in Nigeria.
The government is also required to ensure they receive easy access to basic services but many still don’t.