The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has launched the 2020 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day emblem appeal with a N3m donation.
Governor Makinde commended the efforts of those who paid the ultimate price while fighting for the peace and unity of Nigeria, enjoining all citizens to contribute towards supporting the families they left behind.
“It is noteworthy that collective effort should be made to consciously care for the need of the maimed soldiers, the widows and their children and other dependants of the fallen heroes. However, the members of the Nigerian Legion should take advantage of the various schemes of the federal, state and local governments to make life better for their members,” he said.
Governor Makinde stated that the Oyo State government would continue to support the activities of the Nigerian Legion, especially those viable projects meant for the benefit of the dependants of the fallen heroes.
The Governor was represented at the event by the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan.
Raise Funds for Veterans
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Command, Michael Fajimi, said that the objective of the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration and emblem launch was to raise funds for veterans who are still alive but incapacitated and for the welfare of widows, children and other dependents of the fallen soldiers.
“As veterans who have seen and participated in wars and peace keeping, we assure His Excellency of our full support to this government that lays serious emphasis on the security of the State, for you to achieve your goals of good governance to the people of the State,“ he said.
He appealed for generous donations from citizens during the sober reflection period in order to complement the effort of the State government.
Fajimi added that it should not be forgotten that the fallen heroes had made great sacrifices to the nation and therefore, there was need for government to take their welfare seriously.