The state Commandant of the Nigerian Legion Enugu State Council, Dr. Emeka Norman Igwesi has called for the integration of ex-servicemen the security architecture tackling insecurity in the state and more funding to carter for their welfare of those incapacitated.
Dr. Igwesi made the call during the launching of the 2024 Army Forces remembrance emblem at the Michael Okpara Square Enugu.
The emblem launch is an annual event organized by the Nigerian Legion Enugu State Council to raise funds in support of living heroes, particularly those who are maimed, elderly, sick, bedridden, or incapacitated.
The Assistant Commandant General described that the annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day as a period set aside in memory of those persons who served Nigeria when the country needed them most, and solicited partnership with the state government in the area of security.
He said that the Impactful, selfless and sacrificial service of those who laid down their lives for the nation is not given the needed attention by the government, while that the Nigerian Legion have ex-service men who are young, experienced and ready to partner the state government in the area of security. He emphasized that these human assets should not be wasted.
Furthermore, he mentioned that the Nigerian Legion in Enugu State does not receive a monthly subvention like some other states do. This lack of financial support hinders the support of fallen heroes and living heroes, especially those who are incapacitated, bedridden, elderly, and in need and called for the state government’s assistance in fulfilling the mandates of the Legion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Enugu state governor Barrister Peter Mbah, commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their roles in promoting peace, security and unity of the country, praying God for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and heroines who voluntarily laid down their lives in the service of their fatherland.
Governor Mbah solicited continuous support to enable the families fallen heroes and heroines as well as those who are aged to manage the present economic realities.
The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Chidiebere Onyia acknowledged that the territorial integrity of the country depends solely on the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The governor further assured the Nigerian Legion of his administration’s partnership to ameliorate the plights of their members especially on their appeals to the state government.
He said the people of the state have continued to enjoy the efforts of the security agencies in combating crime and criminality, especially the Mondays sit-at-home ordered by the non state actors, noting that investments and businesses cannot thrive in an unsecured atmosphere.
The event was graced by government, functionaries, GOC, traditional rulers, Air Force, Civil Defence Corps, Road Safety, who supported the emblem launching.