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Wike seeks better deal for serving, retired servicemen

By Abiodun Fagbemi (Ilorin) and Ann Godwin (Port Harcourt)   |   09 January 2017   |   4:26 am
Managing Director, Independent Newspapers Limited, Ted Iwere (left); Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Chief Marketing Officer of the newspaper, Theresa Taiwo and others, during the presentation of the nomination letter as Man-of-the-Year 2016 award to the governor at the Government House in Port Harcourt... at the weekend.

Managing Director, Independent Newspapers Limited, Ted Iwere (left); Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Chief Marketing Officer of the newspaper, Theresa Taiwo and others, during the presentation of the nomination letter as Man-of-the-Year 2016 award to the governor at the Government House in Port Harcourt… at the weekend.

Reflect on Nigeria’s security challenges, deputy gov tasks citizens

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has advocated for an ample reward package for servicemen and legionnaires to encourage them to always make sacrifices for the country.

During an inter-denominational church service to mark this year’s Armed Forces and Remembrance Day at First Baptist Church, Aggrey Road in Port Harcourt, the governor said the annual ritual was not enough motivation.

His words: “It is important that the Federal Government takes a second look to keep families of servicemen and ex-servicemen going.


“I urge that steps be taken to make sure that the families left behind by the ex-servicemen are not allowed to suffer.”

Wike lauded security personnel for their efforts in promoting peace nationwide.

The church’s president, Rev Benjamin Avor, charged the citizenry on peaceful co-existence.

In his message titled, “Raising Stones of Remembrance in Honour of Our Heroes”, the cleric advised that bridges of peace be built to honour those who fought for the nation.

Also yesterday, Kwara State Deputy Governor Peter Kisira urged Nigerians to offer fervent prayers for those facing security challenges, particularly the North East and southern Kaduna.

Kisira, who gave the charge at a service held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sabo Oke, Ilorin to mark this year’s celebration for the nation’s fallen heroes, called on the people to use the period to reflect on the precarious challenges affecting the nation and her people.

He appreciated the fallen heroes and the living war veterans for keeping the country as a stable, virile and prosperous entity.

Elder Kisira noted that all hands must be on deck to support families of the departed soldiers.

The deputy governor thanked ‎the security agencies for collaborating with the present administration to combat pockets of crisis, stressing that their intervention had sustained the state as a haven of peace and delight of guests.

“I enjoin you to continue to cooperate with us so that the enviable status of the state can be sustained for the ‎good of all,” he added.

Earlier, Reverend Olawuyi James‎ in his sermon titled, “when the champion weeps”, charged government to provide adequate security nationwide.




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