Dickson urges support for Nigeria legion, families
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has called on well-meaning individuals, charities and corporate organisations to lend support to the Nigerian legion and its members to enhance their welfare and wellbeing.
The governor represented by his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd) at the launch of the Emblem Appeal Week in Yenagoa, urged all to donate generously, noting that, the proceeds would be judiciously utilised towards meeting the pressing needs of their families.
While expressing appreciation to the sacrifices and contributions made by the legionnaires in nation building, he assured that, the government would continue to identify the needs and aspirations of the ex-servicemen within the limits of available resources.
Dickson, who emphasized the need for Nigerians to always honour the surviving veterans and families of the fallen heroes, urged them to buy and proudly wear the Armed Forces Remembrance Ceremonial poppies for the duration of the remembrance period.
He also enjoined Nigerians to emulate the United States nationals and citizens of other developed countries, where they accord respect and recognition to legionnaires and the Armed Forces for their gallant efforts at protecting the territorial integrity of their nations.
In his remarks, the Assistant Commandant-General and State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Effiom Igirigi reiterated the need for private bodies and individuals to support the veterans, as their welfare in retirement cannot be guaranteed by government’s efforts alone.
He solicited assistance for the renovation of the state secretariat of the legion, reinstatement of the monthly overhead to the council and supply of new uniforms to legionnaires in the state, among other needs.While announcing the donation of the state government, the Deputy Governor who described himself as a legionnaire made a personal donation of N500, 000.