Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Governor Yahaya Donates N6 Million to ex-servicemen
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has launched the 2020/2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Fund with the sum of N6 Million.
The governor called on good-spirited individuals as well as public and private organizations in the state to donate generously to the Emblem Appeal Fund in other to support provide a form of succour to families of the fallen heroes and the retired servicemen.
Governor Yahaya equally urged the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion to mobilize its members as a reserve force to assist towards tackling security challenges in their respective Local Government Areas (LGA) and to be part and parcel of the security architecture of the State.
He described the annual event as a ceremony that offers the Government and people of the State the opportunity to reflect on the contribution made by members of the armed forces in and out of service and to support members of their families.
He further explained that it is imperative to note that the occasion is not only for the remembrance of fallen heroes but also an opportunity to address the predicament of their dependents and loved ones while defending the nation.
“The occasion which is an annual event is indeed unique, especially as we are passing through difficult times in the history of our nation. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to salute the courage of our serving officers and men in defending our territorial integrity despite the numerous security challenges bedevilling the nation,” Governor Yahaya stated.
The Governor said having listened to the address of the Chairman, Nigerian Legion Gombe State Chapter, and his administration will realistically look into the requests with a view to addressing them.
The governor who N1 million as his personal contribution to the Emblem Appeal Fund, announced that in continuation of the support to the armed forces the government has donated N5 million to the fund.
Speaking earlier the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, Mr. Dauda Batari Zambuk noted that “it is a known fact that members of the Nigerian armed forces have in many circumstances made supreme sacrifices to ensure that the country remains as one indivisible entity”.
The Commissioner appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for approving the relocation of the activities of the Nigerian Legion to his ministry.
While in his remarks the chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion, Warrant Officer David Kadiri thanked the Governor for employing some of their members as security personnel in some institutions of learning across the State, describing the gesture as a show of gratitude for what the ex-service men have done to keep Nigeria one.
However, the chairman appealed to the Government to consider approving scholarship for children of the fallen heroes as well as provision of an office accommodation and a vehicle to the organisation for its day to day running.