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Armed Forces Day: RSG sets up N100million empowerment for ex-servicemen

In commemoration of this year’s Armed Forces Day, the Rivers State Government has initiated the sum of N100million empowerment scheme aimed at improving the living condition of the families of late ex-servicemen and living legionnaires.
 
Addressing  legionnaires  at the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration finale at the open court of the Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday, the governor of the state, Barrister Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike said that the N100million empowerment  scheme was an appreciation  of the fact that the late ex-servicemen  and their  living colleagues  invested their  lives in the  sustenance  of the  country.

The governor said: “This empowerment scheme is to show the families of late ex-servicemen and their living colleagues that we appreciate the sacrifices they made for the country. We don’t want the families they left behind to continue to suffer. I urge the Nigerian Legion to carefully manage the empowerment scheme in a way that the wives of late ex-servicemen and other legionnaires will benefit and set up businesses to sustain them.”
 
He called on corporate citizens and privileged Nigerians to take practical steps to appreciate members of the Nigerian Legion and their families, adding that the remembrance of the sacrifices of living and late members of the Armed Forces should go beyond the annual ritual of Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration. 
 
Governor Wike called on Nigerians to re-dedicate themselves to the service of the nation by following the examples of members of the Armed Forces and commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for dislodging Boko Haram from the Sambisa forest, pointing out that the feat would lead to increased peace in the country. 
 
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for strengthening the Armed Forces to take up elements who threatened the peace of Nigeria. 
 
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in Rivers State, Col. Wilberforce Josiah (rtd) commended Governor Wike for his support to the legion.
 
During the celebration of  the  2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration at the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike  inspected  the guard of honour, took the national salute, and released the pigeons of peace. 
 
The occasion was enriched with prayers for the repose of the souls of late ex-servicemen and the Nigerian Armed Forces by the military Chaplains and the military Imams.
 
Governor Nyesom Wike, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra, Service Commanders, and the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers’ Council, King Dandeson Jaja, laid wreaths in honour of the fallen soldiers at the cenotaph of the unknown soldier.

Commodore K.O. Uchegbulam (r) and Lt Col. A.C Unaogu during the Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration wreath laying ceremony in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike laying a wreath at the cenotaph of the unknown soldier to mark the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike releases the pigeons of peace while top government officials and service commanders look on, during the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration in Port Harcourt on Sunday.

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