Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for the establishment of a permanent scheme to cater for ex-servicemen and families of deceased ex-servicemen.
Governor Wike also announced the release of N100million to the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion as Grant for widows of ex-servicemen and their families to set up businesses.
Speaking during the emblem appeal fund launching for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that support for the ex-servicemen should not be restricted to the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
He said: “It is only when January 15 approaches that ex-servicemen are remembered. I suggest that a permanent scheme be set up to serve the ex-servicemen.
“The scheme will serve as an incentive to serving military personnel to put in their best for the country. ”
He called on Nigerians to do everything humanly possible to support ex-servicemen and their families.
The governor directed local government areas in the state to also redeem their pledges to the Nigerian Legion.
In an address, the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Legion, ACG Ogborun Chichi said one of the fundamental objectives of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is to work towards ameliorating the harsh and unfriendly challenges faced by the ex-servicemen.
He thanked the Rivers State Governor for sustaining the security of the employment of members of the Nigerian Legion at the Rivers State Civil Service Secretariat.
ACG Ogborun Chichi said that the governor’s immeasurable donations, support and care for veterans, widows and dependants of fallen heroes have helped them to survive the harsh economic climate .
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani urged corporate organisations to join government in supporting the ex-servicemen who sacrificed so much for the unity of the country.
The launching of the emblem witnessed donations from the state government, top government officials, local government councils and public spirited individuals.
Highpoint of the occasion was the decoration of the Rivers State Governor by the Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command. The governor also reciprocated the gesture.
The Sole Administrator of the Nigerian Legion, Rivers State Command also decorated top government officials and service commanders.