The security of any nation would depend on the level of determination and dedication to duty of its fighting forces. This dedication, on its own, depends on how the citizens treat families of fallen servicemen.
Foundation for Families of Fallen Servicemen, a non-governmental organization has launched a Support Fund for children and widows of security operatives who lost their life in the line of duty for the nation.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Falodun Temitope, and made available to newsmen in Benin City, said the launching of the support fund was part of the group’s policy to cushion the effect of the immediate financial challenges faced by the dependants of deceased lower rank personnel pending when the federal government pays their death benefits.
Temitope said the decision to launch the support fund was sequel to a special resolution passed by the Board of Trustees at the 16th Session of the foundation’s trustees virtual quarterly meeting, held on December 23, 2020.
He opined that the support fund will also boost the morale of other security operatives at the front lines fighting for the nation as it will show that Nigerians are aware of their sacrifices and appreciate their resilience in confronting the nation’s security challenges.
He added that the total fund raised will be made public and disbursed immediately to the children and widows of security operatives who died in the line of duty in year 2020.
In his remarks. the Chairman of the Foundation, Ojo Toluwatope Alex, said the foundation will continue to advocate for better welfare for veterans and families of security operatives who die in the line of duty in Nigeria within the nations available resources.
Toluwatope, who, however, solicited for donations from Nigerians, philanthropists, corporate organisation and others, noted that the security of every nation depends largely on the support and respect the citizenry and leadership give to the families of those who die defending the country.