By Saby Elemba, Owerri
Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State, has launched the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, this is as he has used the opportunity to charge the leadership of the Legion to be proactive and pragmatic.
Performing the ceremony at the new executive chambers, government house Owerri, he that said the Emblem Appeal Fund Launching was important, not only to the armed forces but to the entire Nigerians. “This is because the proceeds of the Emblem Appeal will be used to cater for the widows and children of the fallen heroes and the Nigeria Legion who have served their fatherland.”
Uzodimma said that “the way Nigerians handle the widows, their children and the retired members of the armed forces will spur the serving officers within and outside Nigeria to put in their best and perform more.”
Consequently, he encouraged the leadership of the legions and wives of fallen heroes to be more proactive, proficient and pragmatic in their day-to-day activities.
On behalf of government and people of Imo State, he promised to continue to support the programmes and activities of the Nigerian Legion, enjoining members to consider his government a willing partner that will always support their course and reassured of the State’s support in their activities in agricultural and technological endeavour that will encourage and enhance their wellbeing.
“We cannot take it for granted or forget the sacrifices you made to the nation that have kept Nigeria one and protected the sovereignty and unity of the Nation”, he said.
In her welcome remarks, Nkechinyere Ugwu, commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Group, explained that in sympathy with the wives of the fallen heroes, her ministry has, through the office of the wife of the governor, Chioma Uzodimma, empowered over 3000 widows in the past one year.
She promised, on behalf of the government, to continue to carry the widows and children of the fallen heroes along in all State activities.
In his address of welcome, Anyanwu Alphonsus the chairman of Nigerian Legion, Imo State/ Zonal chairman South East, said that “the Armed Forces Remembrance Day events are put together to remind us that the labours of our heroes past were not in vain.”
He went further to say: “The events are also put together to give physiological reassurance and motivation to the serving soldiers, to put in their best in the service of their fatherland, as they observe that fallen heroes are always remembered, celebrated and their dependants catered for by the Government and people of good will.”