Mushin council chairman donates 5,000 sandals to pupils, seeks more support

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The Chairman, Mushin Local Government, Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Adepitan, on Wednesday urged private and public organisations to support the education of the less privileged in the society.

Adepitan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that support by such organisations would help to complement what the council was doing to encourage the less privileged.

He said that the council’s donation of over 5,000 pairs of school sandals and socks to primary school pupils in the area was aimed at bringing succour to their parents.

“The gesture is to encourage pupils and relieve parents of some financial burdens.

“There are several children at home who, because their parents and guardians could not afford a school sandal, bag and others, prefer to remain at home.

“Such families need a boost to encourage them to get the desired education for their children,’’ he said.

Adepitan said that the project was necessary because pupils were seen wearing worn out sandals to schools.

“This project is a means of encouraging our pupils who have been seen with worn out sandals to take education seriously.

“Wearing good sandals to school should not be seen as a luxury to the pupils.

“The idea of wearing worn out sandals or not wearing at all arose due to the poverty level in the country,’’ he said.

Adepitan noted that his administration was poised to bridge the gap by providing each pupil in the local government area with Cortina sandals and a pair of socks.

“The number of school sandals of various sizes we have today is 5,000 and we intend to continue to buy more, especially as some corporate organisations have signified interest to partner with us,’’ he said.