Lagos increases subvention to widows of fallen heroes

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Government has raised its welfare subvention to widows of ex-servicemen from one million naira to five million naira as the nation kicks-off the 2016/2017 Armed Forces Remembrance.

Government also announced the donation of two Toyota Hilux vans to the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion and the recruitment of members of the legion in public schools to maintain law and order.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who spoke at the launch of Appeal fund Emblem for the fallen servicemen, challenged Nigerians to donate to the cause as a way of showing appreciation to the gallantry and the supreme prices paid in defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

According to Governor Ambode, the widows and children of fallen heroes must not be left to suffer.

“Every year, we all come together in different parts of the country to show appreciation for the sacrifice of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, who put their lives on the line to protect the territorial integrity of the nation; the essence of this annual emblem launch is for all of us to spare a thought for our deceased heroes and to contribute to the welfare and well-being of the families they left behind, we must do everything possible not to allow the widows and orphans of these gallant officers to regret the sacrifices made by their husbands and fathers,” he reiterated.

Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Lagos State Chapter, Colonel Samuel Akande, (rtd), commended government’s efforts in ensuring good standard of living for retired officers as well as their dependants.

The Commissioner for Home Affairs in the State, Dr Abdul-Lateef Abdul-Hakeem announced the theme of this 2016/2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day which is- “Appreciating the Resilience of the Armed Forces.”

The remembrance of Nigeria’s fallen heroes is an annual ritual which kicks-off mid December and climaxes on the 15th of January.