Gov’s wife warns parents against child abuse

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The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle
Ambode

Sesan Olufowobi

The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle
Ambode, has warned parents and guardians
against using their children and wards as hawkers,
adding that such constitutes child abuse.

Bolanle, who spoke at the inauguration of an
initiative – Project Bright Steps – to distribute
shoes and socks to 175,000 public primary school
pupils in Lagos State by her foundation, Hope for
Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), said
parents should send their children to school rather
than use them for child labour.
She said the decision to distribute shoes and
socks to pupils was one of the ways to motivate
them, boost their self-esteem and help them to
appreciate their self-worth.

She said aside the positive impact the initiative
would have on the education of the pupils, it would
also encourage local production of shoes, and
consequently boost the economy.
“It is disheartening to know that majority of pupils
in public primary schools lacked shoes and socks
to wear to school. The intervention of HOFOWEM is
aimed at addressing such heart-breaking
development.
“Walking without shoes has resulted in many
children getting sick and losing their toes to
bacterial infections and other life-threatening
diseases. It is essential for these children to wear
shoes. Wearing shoes is not a luxury, but a
necessity,” Bolanle said.
She added that HOFOWEM was founded to touch
lives.
She added that the desire to change lives had
accounted for other initiatives for over 230
pregnant women who were given baby essentials
and lectured on healthy lifestyle, as well as the
ongoing scholarship scheme aimed at funding
some bright students in public secondary schools
in the state.
The state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said
he was happy that his wife had taken it upon
herself to empower pupils of public primary
schools, adding that it was in line with the vision
of the state government to make education
accessible to all.
Akinwunmi, who was represented by the Deputy
Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule, said his
administration recently earmarked N10bn for the
upgrade of infrastructure in public schools, calling
on other public-spirited individuals and
organisations to take a cue from HOFOWEM since
the government could not do it alone.
The Chief Executive Officer of HOFOWEM, Ms.
Oyefunke Adeleke, said the foundation’s main goal
was to transform lives, adding that the distribution
of shoes and socks was one of the ways to make a
difference.

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