Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has urged all Nigerians to continue to cater to the needs of Soldiers who were maimed in the line of duty to the country, as well as the children, widows and other dependents of fallen heroes.
The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, stated this on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the launching of the Appeal Week Emblem for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said the day was meant to honour fallen heroes and sensitize the public on the need to cater to the welfare of veterans who are still alive, as well as families of the fallen heroes and heroines.
Engr Makinde, while announcing the donation of the sum of ₦2 million to launch 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem, appealed to corporate organisations, industrialists, commercial firms, philanthropists and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.
He 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 dependents.
Governor Makinde charged the 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.
Earlier, the Oyo State Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Mr Michael Fajimi, said the main focus of the programme was to raise fund in order to cater to the needs of veterans, who are still alive but incapacitated or living in despair, as well as children and widows of the departed heroes.
He assured that the Nigerian Legion will continue to give full support to the Government in securing the lives and properties of the citizens and residents of the State.
Mr Fajinmi, who commended the Makinde-led administration for its commitment to improving the security of the State, said members of the Legion would give their support to the State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun.