Monday, 12 January 2015

AKSG salutes the bravery, gallantry of fallen heroes

AKSG salutes the bravery, gallantry of fallen heroes
Governor Godswill Akpabio has saluted  the bravery and gallantry with which our fallen heroes paid the supreme price to raise a banner for the unity, peace, togetherness, rule of law, freedom and democracy. 

In his words, “the men and women in whose memory we gather were called into the service of their fatherland from different parts of Nigeria. They served with a common goal and aspiration, despising religious, political affiliation, tribe and cultural inclinations. They fought shoulder to shoulder and were united by the same purpose of keeping Nigeria and the world united and secure.” 
Represented by his deputy, Lady Valerie Ebe, during the Launching of 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem Appeal Fund at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Governor’s Office Annex, Uyo, on Tuesday, the Governor charged members of the Nigerian Legion and participants at the event to remain united; rise above their differences and promote values that bind Nigerians as one indivisible entity.  

In appealing to corporate bodies and individual to assist the families of those soldiers who died in the course of duty, the Governor said “though our tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand. This is what we owe posterity.” 

 He said the event is important as it provide Nigerians the golden opportunity to support the survival of Nigeria heroes, stressing that the unity of the country was not priceless but was bought with blood of the unknown soldiers.
The Governor said his administration will continue to support and provide adequate facilities for the benefit of the veterans, imploring  Akwa Ibom sons and daughters to get the emblems and wear them with pride and also donate generously towards their the welfare of the veterans.

 The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Glory Edet, whose Ministry has the oversight function on the Union, said the event was to raise funds for those who died while serving the nation. 

She appreciated the Governor for providing a serene environment for the Akwa Ibom State Council of the Nigerian Legion. 

The Commissioner appealed to all to demonstrate genuine love to veteran soldiers in the state, stressing that their generous donation will help keep the ex-service men alive.

Responding, the State Council of the Nigerian Legion, Rtd. Col. Linus Eyo, reassured the State Governor of their total commitment to the present administration. 

“We were 7123 ex-soldiers but this year, we have observed a drastic reduction of about 89 men through death. On this occasion, it will be pleasing to God if all of us can show charity towards the veteran soldiers in the state,” he appealed. 

He expressed appreciation to the Governor for the supports they are enjoying and solicited for more to enable them to meet their needs and those of the deceased families. 

Highpoint of the activity included launching of the remembrance emblem and decoration of dignitaries with the emblem.

Those decorated were Governor Godswill Akpabio; the Chairman of the Nigerian Legion; the State Chief Judge; Commissioners; the Commanding Officer of 6 Amphibious Battalion, Abak; the Commanding Officer of NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi; the Commanding Officer of NAF Detachment, Uyo, and the State Commissioner of Police.

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