Governments at all levels have been urged to provide necessary materials to Special and Vocational Training Centres in the country to assist the visually impaired Nigerians acquire education and the required training.
Speaking with Planet News as the world marks 2019 International Braille Day today, the National Secretary of Braille Council of Nigeria, Nicolas Obot said Braille is a system of touch reading and writing for visually impaired persons in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet.
Lamenting the high cost of the learning materials, which he claimed has not only made the materials unaffordable; but seriously affecting the studies and academic performances of the students, Obot called on government to equip the centres for maximum results.
Obot who is also the Principal of Society of the Blind Vocational Training Centre in Lagos called on authors and printers to translate their printed materials into Braille format for the visually impaired and added that establishments like restaurants, banks, hospitals and government offices be equipped with braille menus, statements or bills for easy transactions.
World Braille Day is observed on 4th January annually in order to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.