Oyo State Governor, Engr Oluseyi Makinde, has called on all Nigerians to continue to care for the needs of the children and widows of maimed Soldiers and other dependants of fallen heroes.
Governor Makinde who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the State, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, stated this on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the launching of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem Appeal Week, held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde added that there was nothing done to support the heroes and heroines that could be too much or too small for them or the families they left behind.
He announced the donation of the sum of ₦3 million to launch 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem, even as he appealed to corporate organisations, industrialists, commercial firms, philanthropists and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.
Governor Makinde said the donations would support ex-servicemen and women with disabilities and those who are now under-privileged, adding that it was noteworthy that collective efforts should be made to consciously care for the needs of maimed Soldiers, their widows, their children and other dependants.
The State Governor urged members of the Nigerian Legion to take advantage of the various Schemes of the Federal, State and Local Governments, Non-Governmental Organisation, as well as interventions from philanthropists to make lives better for them.
He assured the Legion members that the State Government would continue to support the activities of the Nigerian Legion, especially those viable projects meant for the benefits of the fallen heroes.
Earlier, the Oyo State Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Mr Michael Fajimi, called on the State Government to prioritise the welfare of legion members in the State; lamenting that the State chapter of the Nigerian Legion had not been receiving adequate support from the State Government in the last 10 years.
He appealed to Governor Makinde-led administration to extend its humanitarian gestures to the legion so as to improve the living standard of all Legion members.
The week-long remembrance activities include the launching of Emblem Appeal Week, special prayers in churches, mosques, honouring of veterans and empowerment of widows and people with disabilities; while the grand finale and wreaths laying ceremony will hold on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan.