Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched the emblem and appeal fund ahead of this year’s commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on the 15th of this month.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who donated fifty million naira to the State chapter of the Nigerian Legion during the launch of the Remembrance Day emblem and appeal fund at Lagos House, Ikeja expressed his administration’s commitment to empower widows of the fallen heroes.
The Governor directed the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, to work with the office of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion to identify those who could be empowered and supported within the first quarter of this year.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, we would donate the sum of N50million for the emblem. So you can see that we have done 10 fold of what we did the other time. That itself is a big lift for us. We will continue to support in other areas.
“We gave commitments around empowering some of the widows. I am using this opportunity to direct the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) to work with your office to identify beneficiaries and people that we can give empowerment and support to and that would be done within the first quarter of this year” He said
The Commandant of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Legion, retired Col. Fola Akande commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the welfare and concern of retired officers, describing him as “a worthy Patriot of the Nigerian Legion.”
Col. Akande appealed to the government and people of Lagos State to continue to support and identify with widows, children and families of the fallen heroes by donating generously, buying and wearing the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration emblem.