ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: GOVERNOR WIKE DONATES N100MILLION FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP OF CHILDREN OF FALLEN HEROES

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared
that Nigerians must unite and motivate the Nigerian Armed
Forces to defeat the insurgents in the North-East.
Governor Wike also directed the Secretary to the Rivers
State Government to work out modalities for the State
Government to support the Nigerian Legion and soldiers of
Rivers State origin who pay the ultimate price.
The Rivers State Governor also announced that the State
Government has committed the sum of N100million for the
scholarship programme dedicated to the children of the
fallen heroes.
He spoke on Wednesday during the Wreath Laying
Ceremony in Commemoration of 2020 Armed Forces
Remembrance Day Celebration, at the Isaac Boro Park, Port
Harcourt.
He said: “The war on terror in the North-East has raged for
too long, claiming too many military and civilian victims.
We must come together as a nation to do whatever that is
necessary to support and motivate our soldiers to win this
terrible war as quickly as possible and save the nation and
our brothers, sisters and the children from the North-East
from the continuing violence, abductions, and devastation
by Boko haram and their affiliates.
“Apart from supporting the establishment of a trust fund, I
have directed the Secretary to the State Government to
work out areas of support to the State Chapter of the
Nigerian Legion and the families of soldiers of River State
origin who pays the ultimate price in the active service of
our country. In addition, the State Government will provide
scholarship for their children up to university level.
“N100million has been committed to the scholarship of the
children of the fallen heroes by the Rivers State
Government. We will also construct a Secretariat for the
Legion, but not at Isaac Boro Park. We will develop the park
into a Tourist Centre.”
Governor Wike said that the nation remembers the members
of the Armed Forces for their contributions to the unity of
the country.
He said: “As a State we cannot thank you enough. And, as a
people we will forever venerate you and your families for
your valiant services and sacrifice for us all.
“Yes, we are here for the customary remembrance rituals,
but for us, this cannot be enough. The greatest honour we
can give in return for your service and sacrifice is for us to
continue to work together for national peace, unity
cohesion.
That is what the military signifies, which essence and ideals
are what we must rededicate ourselves to advance for the
progress of our country.”
The Governor said the ceremony gives Nigerians the
opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices and contributions
made by the armed forces in the service of the country.
He said: “But for the extraordinary courage and devotion to
the unity and indissolubility of our country by the Nigerian
armed forces; those who served during the civil war and
those who continue to join and serve to date, there would
have been no Nigeria today to call our own great country
and celebrate as the leader and hope of the entire black
race.
” Today, we can confirm that it is the patriotic operations of
the Armed Forces of Nigeria on land, air and in our creeks
that are largely responsible for the improved and
sustainable peace and security that we are enjoying across
Rivers State and its environs.
“What is most significant is the extraordinary courage to
still render this duty knowing that the end could result in
death. Indeed, if one may ask: what or which service and
sacrifice for a people, for humanity, can be greater than
this, for anyone to die for the sake of his or her friend?”
The Chairman of the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian
Legion, ACG Justice Chichi thanked the Rivers State
Governor for his extraordinary kindness towards the welfare
and support of ex-servicemen and families of the fallen
heroes.
He called on the Rivers State Governor to assist the Legion
with financial support for the sustenance of scholarships for
the children of the fallen heroes.
The Legion Chairman also appealed to the Rivers State
Governor to build a Secretariat for the Legion.
Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic
Media.
15th January 2020.

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