BSN donates Braille Bible to National Braille Press Library
The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) has donated 10 complete sets of the Braille Bible to the National Braille Press Library of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Disaster Management (Special Needs), Surulere, Lagos.
While presenting the Bibles, the General Secretary/CEO of BSN, Pastor Samuel Sanusi, said that the gesture was in response to the appeal by the Ministry for the donation of educational and religious braille materials to fill up its empty library for the use of people with visual disabilities.
Pastor Sanusi said that the BSN had in the past donated 10 complete sets of the Braille Bible to the Vocational School for the Blind, Oshodi, Lagos, and two schools for the blind in each of the 36 states in the country, including Abuja.
He said, “Last year, we donated 137 complete sets, while we have given out 133 copies this year. A complete set of the Braille Bible comes in 37 volumes (four cartons) and now costs ₦70,000. We are able to do this because of the support we receive from individuals, churches, and corporate organisations.” He further called on other corporate organisations to support the National Braille Press to provide braille materials for other disciplines.
Pastor Sanusi also called on the government at all levels to consider appointing people with disabilities into positions. According to him, many of them are eminently qualified, and excluding them from such appointments is against the dictate of equity, justice, and fairness.
Receiving the Braille Bibles, the Head of National Braille Press/Library, Mrs. Abiodun Osifoluke, appreciated The Society. She said since she was posted to the National Braille Press/Library, the library had remained empty as only the press was working.