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Uzodimma tasks Nigeria Legion to be pragmatic, unveils 2022 emblem 

By Charles Ogugbuaja, Owerri
12 January 2022   |   4:01 am
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, yesterday, launched the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and urged the leadership of the Nigeria Legion to be proactive and pragmatic in their approach to resolving issues affecting retired officers.

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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, yesterday, launched the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem and urged the leadership of the Nigeria Legion to be proactive and pragmatic in their approach to resolving issues affecting retired officers.

Performing the ceremony at the Government House, Owerri, he said the launching of the Emblem Appeal Fund was important, not only to the Armed Forces, but to all Nigerians. 

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, quoted Uzodimma as saying: “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 meritoriously.

“The way Nigerians handle the widows, their children and retired soldiers will spur the serving officers within and outside Nigeria to put in their best and perform more.”

Consequently, he encouraged the leadership of the legion and wives of fallen heroes to be more proactive, proficient and pragmatic in their daily activities.

Uzodimma, who pledged to continue to support the programmes and activities of the Nigerian Legion, enjoined members to consider his government a willing partner that would always support their course.

He reassured of the state’s support in their activities in agricultural and technological endeavours that would encourage and enhance their wellbeing, adding: “We cannot take it for granted or forget the sacrifices you made to the nation that have kept Nigeria together and protected the country’s sovereignty and unity.”

Speaking, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Mrs. Nkechinyere Ugwu, explained that in sympathy with the wives of the fallen heroes, the ministry had empowered over 3, 000 widows in the past one year through the office of Wife of the governor, Chioma Uzodimma.

She promised to continue to carry the widows and children of the fallen heroes along in all state activities on behalf of the state government.

Chairman of the Nigeria Legion, Imo State and Zonal Chairman, South East, Anyanwu Alphonsus, said the Armed Forces Remembrance Day events were organised to remind Nigerians that the “labour of our heroes past were not in vain.”

“The events are also organised 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 the government always remember and celebrate fallen heroes and cater for their dependents.”

On his part, Secretary of the Nigeria Legion in Imo State, Major Nicholas Ejinfugha (rtd) commended the governor and the guests for the success of 2022 Emblem Appeal Fund Launching.