Enduring Reward System’ll Motivate War Veterans –Wike
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike wants government to institute an enduring reward system for war veterans to justify their sacrifices in keeping Nigeria safe and united.
He said at the 2021 Emblem Appeal Fund Launching to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration which held in Port Harcourt, Thursday that officers and men of the armed forces will boldly defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria when they know that there is a permanent reward system established to cater for them or their families.
The governor explained that most people do not quite appreciate the enormity of the hardship and trauma families go through losing their breadwinners who volunteered to be part of the security agencies.
Governor Wike, said if not for the solders and other security agencies who put their lives on the line daily to protect the rest of the citizens, perhaps insurgency in some of the country will have been worse.
He stated that one of the reasons why some policemen were targeted and killed during the #EndSARS protest, was merely because they prevent crimes in society.
The governor also assured that his administration will continue to offer members of the State Branch of the Nigerian legion necessary support that will cushion economy hardship on them.
Governor Wike, redeemed the pledge of One Hundred and Seventy One Million Naira (N171,000,000.00) to the Nigerian Legion for the scholarship of their children.
He also donated 20 million Naira to launch the emblem and enjoined the 23 Local Government councils in the State to donate One Million Naira each to support the launch.
On his part, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo said the Emblem Appeal Launching offers another opportunity for well meaning individuals and corporate bodies to support the veterans for their sacrifices and also to boost their morale to elicit optimal performance.
He stated that Governor Wike recently gave N20 million Naira each to widows of the six soldiers and four police officers who were killed by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militants who hijacked the #EndSARS protest in Oyigbo.
Rivers State Chairman of Nigeria Legion, ACG Justice Chichi noted that Nigeria is still immersed in the fight against Boko Haram, bandits and other forms of insurgency and the security agencies are operationally ready to confront them as a commitment to protecting sovereignty of Nigeria and to ensure safe climate for steady economic growth.