A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kogi State, Miss Aderonke Adeoye, has donated 688 sandals to less privileged primary school pupils spread across six primary schools in Lokoja.
The beneficiary are Kabawa Nursery and Primary school 1and 2, Serikinoma Nursery and Primary school; Maadi Nursery and Primary school; Liwaul-HAMDI Nursery and Primary School; St. Mary’s L.G.E.A Nursery/Primary School 1, and Lokongoma L.G.E.A Nursery/Primary School, Lokoja.
Speaking while donating the footwear, Adeoye explained that the gesture was meant to encourage the pupils to go to school as well make them realise the importance of education in life.
“Some of the children wear slippers to school while some wear spoilt sandals which make them look very rough and dirty.
“I want to make the children happy and encourage them to always go to school and to let them realise the importance of education in life,” she said.
She enjoined fellow corps members to make impact on the lives of the less privileged children.
“It is part of what we were taught in our orientation camp – to serve our fatherland wholeheartedly”.
She thanked the Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue for its support as well as other philanthropists in the state for their financial and moral support.
Speaking at event, the state commissioner for education and science, Ms. Rosemary Osikoya, advised the pupils to make good use of the sandals by wearing them to school.
Osikoya who was represented by the director of education support services Mr. Femi Sunday, advised parents not to sell the sandals but use them for the benefit of their children.
“Giving to the less privileged is what I love doing and God is the only one that can reward givers,” she said.