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Financial institutions need public conveniences

Friday, March 16, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

The glaring lack of public conveniences at leading commercial financial institutions is causing severe embarrassment and pain to the public.

Our seniors in particular are the main people feeling the pinch, for obvious reasons.

This lapse - an obvious oversight - may be a hangover of the days when whites and honorary whites worked or did business at these institutions and were allowed access to these sacrosanct areas and other inner courts.

The dignity of the black masses and infirm are now at risk, in the absence of adequate and accessible facilities. These facilities should have clear signs having regard to the sensibilities.

Much to be applauded in this regard is that government financial institutions such as the tax office, etc, provide these facilities as a general of rule.

The Bank of Jamaica urgently needs to enforce as a matter of policy these minimum standards in their oversight.

I am therefore calling on the financial moguls to rectify this outrage, failing which the relevant authorities should ensure same.

Sylvester Hemmings





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