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Wike sets up N100million Empowerment for ex-servicemen


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has initiated  a N100million Empowerment Scheme aimed at improving the living condition of the families of late ex-servicemen and living legionnaires.



The Governor, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo , Speaker Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani , Chief Judge, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra,   Service Commanders and the Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, King Dandeson Jaja also  laid wreaths in honour of fallen soldiers  at the cenotaph of the unknown soldier.

Addressing  legionnaires  at the 2017 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration finale at the open court of the Government House, Port Harcourt on Sunday, Governor 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.

He 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 themselves ".

He called  on corporate citizens  and privileged  Nigerians  to take practical steps to appreciate  members  of the Nigerian Legion and their families.

The governor  said  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.

He called  on Nigerians  to  re-dedicate themselves  to the service of the nation by following  the examples of members  of the Armed Forces.

Governor Wike 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 threaten the peace of Nigeria.

In his remarks, 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.

Prayers were offered for the repose of the late ex-servicemen  and the Nigerian Armed Forces by the military Chaplains and the military Imam.