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COVID-19: NGO distributes hand-held radio, facemasks to 500 Lagos pupils

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As part of efforts to ensure that no pupil is left behind, Human Development Initiatives (HDI), despite COVID-19, has distributed hand-held radio to some pupils in Kosofe Local Council. The pupils and their parents were also given facemasks

Speaking at the presentation, the Executive Director of HDI, Mrs Olufunso Owasanoye, 500 homes with at least a pupil will get a hand-held radio. She stated that the radios are meant for pupils in hard to reach communities and riverine areas in 11 local governments across Lagos state.

She listed some of the local councils to include Apapa, Agege, Amuwo-Odofin, Mushin, Surulere, and Shomolu, She added that it was the turn of Kosofe local council, promising other local governments within the 11 would be reached.

Owasanoye said parents must know that the radio is meant for their wards, therefore if parents must use it to listen to news, they must not deprive the children the opportunity to use it at the appropriate time. She told parents to always ask their wards what they learnt after every daily lesson.

Also speaking at the presentation, the Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LSUBEB), Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, implored parents to ensure that their wards judiciously used the radio for the purpose it is meant for.

According to him, the radio is meant for pupils to listen to lessons on the radio-teaching programme meant for pupils and students as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

He expressed optimistic that with the radio set, pupils who have not had access to the radio programme on education would now be able to. He further stated that as a result of the pandemic, schools were closed, but to keep students and pupils busy, education programme and lessons were introduced on television and radio.

Alawiye-King while calling for more support for the government explained that due to some parents’ inability to afford a television or radio set, the state government intervened with the hand-held radio, adding that it was in that light that the HDI decided to support the state government.

To ensure the pupils and parents are abreast of the schedule of the educational programmes, Alawiye-King distributed flyers containing the daily schedules of television and radio education programmes. He pleaded with the parents to monitor the pupils that they use it to listen to the education programmes and not programmes that will not be beneficial to them.

The Baale of Agboyi, Chief Taiwo Lamino, commended HDI and the state government for considering his community and his pupils for the radio and facemasks. He promised that the children would judiciously use the radio.

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