Wike approves empowerment programmes for widows/widowers of fallen heroes

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the inclusion of widows and widowers of fallen heroes   in the N2billion CBN fund for women and youth empowerment of the  state government . 
Speaking  after the wreath laying to mark the  2016 Armed Forces and Remembrance  Day Celebrations on Friday in Port Harcourt ,  Governor Wike added that his administration  will  continue  to  work with  the  Rivers State Nigerian Legion to provide  employment and improve  the wellbeing of veterans.
He said  the  government  will always  ensure that the welfare of veterans  and the families  of  those who lost their lives will receive  priority attention. 
The governor noted  that  the  Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration is significant  because  it provides Nigerians  the opportunity  to  publicly appreciate  the  contributions  of armed forces  personnel. 
He said: “As some persons have rightly observed, most often we are too inclined to take for granted the prevailing stability in our country.  However, given  our chequered history, the opportunities for national peace and security are made possible largely through  the  efforts, commitment and sacrifices of our armed forces  to defend the sovereignty and Territory integrity of  our country. 
“Let us continue  to  acknowledge, thank the men and women of our current armed forces who have answered the National call to service.  Most significantly, let us resolve to use the lesson  of self sacrifice to re-dedicate ourselves to preserving the unity  of our country “.
He called  on Nigerians never to forget the  sacrifices of the fallen heroes in order to encourage living  officers to  put in their best for the nation.  He announced  that  the State Government  will address the accommodation  and logistics  challenge  of  the  Rivers State Nigeria Legion. 
“For the  families of our fallen heroes who are with us today, our deep thoughts and prayers are with you for the losses you have  suffered.  We encourage  you  to  take solace in the significance of the recognition and honour the nation  bestows on your  children, daughters, parents,  brothers, sisters and other children “, he said. 
In his address,  Rivers State Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Colonel Wilberforce Josiah commended Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his commitment to the welfare of the veterans.  They appealed to  him to always take action  on issues  that concern their welfare. 
Highpoint  of the celebrations  was the laying of wreath for the unknown  soldier by Governor Wike, Deputy Governor Banigo, Speaker Adam, Acting Chief Judge, Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra and Service Commanders and Police Commissioner  in Rivers State.  There was also a 21 gun salute  and a minute  silence in honour  of  the  fallen heroes. 

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