Thomas Allieu, the director of Educational Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired has criticised the new bank notes launched last Friday as not blind friendly.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Awoko, he emphasized that “I must categorically state that my expectation was very high when the Central Bank made that pronouncement that they are coming out with new notes that can ensure the independence of the blind and virtually impaired in Sierra Leone.”
He however lamented that, “to my disappointment, the money in circulation now do not have any label that can allow the blind to identify and distinguish the various denominations,” stressing that “I believe the Central Bank had the good intention to help the blind with the subject matter.”
Thomas Allieu went on that he was of the opinion that, “a senior and respected blind person or organization working for the blind should have been consulted to help design the various dominations,” while describing the statement relating to the blind as “misleading.”
The educationist went on to express his anger saying, “there is no symbol on the monies that can help the blind to identify the various notes” stressing that, “I would like to challenge the Bank of Sierra Leone that any blind person in this country would not be able to identify any of the new notes in circulation”.
They might have got good intention, but lacked the procedure to execute them, Thomas Allieu affirmed, nothing that “to crown it all the blind and visually impaired cannot enjoy the independence of identifying the notes.”