The wife of Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, on Monday distributed 175,000 school sandals to pupils of Primary 1 to 3 in public schools across the state.The distribution was made through her pet project Hope For Women In Nigeria Initiative, HOFOWEM, a Non-Governmental Organisation which specialises in encouraging the society to collectively mould a better future for humanity.
The event which was tagged ‘Project Bright Steps – Equipping Future Leaders’, was conceived with the aim of touching lives and becoming a source of hope and relieve for the less privileged in the society. HOFOWEM seeks to deal directly with women, children ,particularly the girl child, youth and the elderly
According to Mrs Ambode, the sandals and other materials which were presented to the children were locally produced so as to encourage local manufacturers and boost the economy.
‘I am happy to announce that over 175,000 children will benefit from Project Bright Steps this year.This is also an effort to encourage local production of school shoes.As a mother I am deeply passionate about children, some lucky ones have the necessary support while others have very little or nothing.HOFOWEM realises many children do not have the opportunity to wear ordinary shoes yet this is what we take for guaranteed.
‘As the saying goes children are the leaders of tomorrow. It is our responsibility as a society to ensure that our future leaders have all the support in preparing them to fufil their purpose.We need to motivate these children, boost their self-esteem, help them appreciate their self-worth, encourage them to be proud of themselves and most importantly equip them,’ she said.
The wife of the Governor said walking without shoes had led children to get sick,and to get infected in different ways.She said it is essential for children to always wear shoes, as this is not a luxury but a necessity.
In the same vein, the Governor of Lagos who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Mrs Oluranti Adebule, said his administration is committed to establishing more classrooms, libraries and laboratories woth the aim of improving the overall quality and standard of education in Lagos.