Gombe Governor launches 2020/2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Fund
…Salutes courage of Serving Officers and Men in Defending Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity
…Says Ex-servicemen have Role to Play in Tackling Current Insecurity
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has called on the state chapter of the Nigerian Legion to fully mobilize its members as a reserve force to assist towards tackling security challenges in their respective Local Government Areas and to be part and parcel of the security architecture of the State.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated this at the official launch of the 2020/2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Appeal Fund held at the new banquet hall of the Government House.
He said the event affords the Government and people of the State the opportunity to reflect on the contribution made by members of the armed forces in and out of service and to provide succour to members of their families.
“The occasion which is an annual event is indeed unique, especially as we are passing through difficult times in the history of our nation. I would therefore like to use this opportunity to salute the courage of our serving officers and men in defending our territorial integrity despite the numerous security challenges bedeviling the nation”.
He said it is imperative to note that the occasion is not only for the remembrance of fallen heroes but also an opportunity to address the predicament of their dependents and loved ones while defending the the nation.
“This appeal fund is therefore meant to generate resources to support families and loved ones of our fallen heroes and retired servicemen. Let me use this forum to appeal to good-spirited individuals as well as public and private organizations to donate generously to the Emblem Appeal Fund”.
He used the occasion to call on the good people of Gombe State to continue to live in peace and harmony with one another irrespective of their differences, saying the Government will continue to support security agencies in maintaining law and order in the State.
The Governor said having listened to the address of the Chairman, Nigerian Legion Gombe State Chapter, his administration will realistically look into the requests with a view to addressing them.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya thereafter launched the 2020/2021 Appeal Fund with the sum of NGN5,000,000 (Five Million Naira ) as Government’s donation and the sum of NGN1,000,000 (One million naira) as his personal contribution.
Earlier speaking the Commissioner of Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, Mr. Dauda Batari Zambuk noted that “it is a known fact that members of the Nigerian armed forces have in many circumstances made supreme sacrifices to ensure that the country remains as one indivisible entity”.
The Commissioner appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for approving the relocation of the activities of the Nigerian Legion to his ministry.
The chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Gombe State Chapter, Warrant Officer David Kadiri thanked Governor Inuwa Yahaya for employing some of their members as security personnel in some institutions of learning across the State, describing the gesture as a show of gratitude for what the ex- service men have done to keep Nigeria one.
While also commending the Governor for his pragmatism towards developing the State, Warrant Officer David Kadiri appealed to the Government to consider approving scholarship for children of the fallen heroes, provision of an office accommodation and a vehicle to the organisation for its day to day running.
Aside from the Governor’s cumulative donation of 6 million naira, heads of other government arms, agencies, security services and other public- spritted individuals also gave their widows mite.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya will tomorrow, Friday, 15th January lead other dignitaries in laying of wreath in commemoration of the 2020/2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Gombe State.