Wife of the Lagos State governor and founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs Bolanle Ambode, yesterday, kicked off the distribution of 50,000 shoes and branded socks to primary one pupils of public schools across the state.

The Guardian reports that Mrs Ambode began the distribution at the Cherubim and Seraphim Primary School, Lagos Road, Majidun in Ikorodu.

The distribution is the 2018 edition of the ‘Project Bright Steps,’ a pet project of HOFOWEM, to boost the morale of the children and sensitise the society that the welfare of pupils is important in getting the best of them in their academic pursuits.

In the first edition of the project in February last year, 175,000 shoes and HOFOWEM-branded socks, were distributed to all Primary 1-3 pupils of public primary schools across Lagos.

Commencing the distribution, Ambode said getting the best from education begins with proper dressing to school, saying that the foundation had observed with some pain, that many pupils were less than properly dressed to school, as some turn up in bathroom slippers, while many others go barefooted.

Thanking all public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies who had assisted HOFOWEM in its humanitarian endeavours, she urged the pupils to be serious with their academic work and that they should not make excuses of challenges and limitations.

Chief Executive Officer, HOFOWEM, Mrs Oyefunke Olayinka, said since the commencement of operations, the foundation had touched the lives of many and is still putting smiles on the faces of the less-privileged, adding that through the foundation’s various programmes, hundreds of women, children and youths had been reached.

She said the Project Bright Steps was aimed at increasing school attendance by equipping pupils for school, thereby serving as a means of support for indigent parents, who might find it difficult to provide the basic school needs, required by their children and wards for enjoyable schooling.

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