Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has donated the sum of Three Million Naira (#3million) to launch 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration as the Nigerian Legion, Oyo state chapter, on Monday, kick-started its annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebrations with the launching of Emblem.
Gov Seyi Makinde, while speaking during the program that was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, in Ibadan appealed to the humanitarian spirit of corporate organizations, industrialists, commercial firms, philanthropist and all individuals to donate generously to the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Week Fund.
The Governor, who spoke through his deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, said the donations would support ex-servicemen and women with disabilities and the less-privileged.
He asserted that there was nothing done that could be too much or small for the families of the fallen heroes and heroines.
In his words: “It is imperative to note that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration was borne out of the need to honour our fallen heroes who laid down their precious lives in service to humanity during the first and second World Wars, Nigerian Civil War, Peace Support and Internal Security Operations.
“The occasion is also designed to honour and sensitize the public on the need to cater for the welfare of veterans who are still alive as well as families of the fallen heroes/heroines.”
The governor said it was noteworthy that collective efforts should be made to consciously care for the needs of maimed soldiers, the widows, their children and other dependants of the fallen heroes.
The 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 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 Legions, especially those viable projects meant for the benefit of the fallen heroes.
Earlier, the Oyo State Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Mr Michael Fajimi called on the state government to prioritize the welfare of legion members in the state.
Fajimi lamented 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 the Makinde administration to extend its humanitarian gestures to legion so as to improve the living standard of all legion members.
The weeklong remembrance activities include the launching of Emblem Appeal Week, Special Prayers in Churches, Mosques, honouring of Veterans, empowerment of widows and people with disabilities.
The grand finale and wreaths laying ceremony will hold on Jan 15, at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan.