At least 175,000 school pupils in Lagos State have been targeted in the ‘‘Project Bright Steps” a brainchild of the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.
The students drawn from the five educational districts across the State got bags, writing materials as well as shoes and socks at the launch of ‘‘Project Bright Steps” for public primary schools.
The event which drew stakeholders within and outside government circles in the State was organised under the auspices of Hope For Women Foundation, HOFOWEM, which is Mrs Ambode’s pet project.
In a keynote address, Mrs Ambode stressed the need to focus on the welfare of children especially in the areas of education and healthcare.
‘‘Properly equipping our children for school plays a great role in boosting their confidence level, morale, concentration and overall performance,” she explained.
The Governor’s wife hinted that through her foundation, HOFOWEM, she remained committed to complimenting the State’s efforts in its free primary education policy.
‘‘These pupils represent the future of our State and the country, we will continue to do our best to motivate them for excellence; nothing is ever too big to invest in a productive future for these young ones towards preparing them adequately to take up their future leadership roles,” Mrs Ambode reiterated.
She pointed out that HOFOWEM had also launched its scholarship scheme website for 2016/2017 session to fund undergraduate programmes of outstanding students in the state’s public secondary schools.
The former Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye in her contribution highlighted the need to ensure an all-round development of the Nigerian child.
According to Oladunjoye, the spiritual, physical and social development of children must be held in high esteem by parents, guardians and teachers so as to ensure proper mentoring and good career paths for them.
Also Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commended the complimentary efforts of HOFOWEM in the areas that concern women, children, youths and the elderly.
Governor Ambode stated that government had always relied on supports from well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies, nongovernmental organisations and multinationals, stressing that government would always provide the needed leverage.
‘‘I appreciate the complimentary efforts of HOFOWEM in realizing the vision of a brighter tomorrow for our children, youths, women and the elderly in the society, I congratulate all the pupils and parents who are beneficiaries of this benevolence, as we launch “Project Bright Step” today, it will mark the beginning of a new life for many of these children as they take bright steps to fulfil their destinies in life,” he said.
The Chairman, Lagos State House Committee on Education, Mr Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, also supported the governor’s position as he encouraged individuals and corporate bodies to be part of government’s efforts in developing the education sector.