Governor Jonah Jang
Plateau State Governor, Mr. Jonah Jang, yesterday charged Nigerians, irrespective of their status to rise up to the welfare of former service men and the families of the ‘fallen heroes’.
Jang, who spoke during the inauguration of the 2013 Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Emblem Week in Jos, the state capital, said: “The painful reality confronting some of our ex-service men and families of our fallen heroes is such that even their entitlements are sometimes not forthcoming, and they are subjected to very dehumanising conditions in the pursuit of their rightful earnings.”
The governor, who inaugurated the Emblem Appeal Week with the sum of N10,000,000, said there was need for Nigerians to appreciate the roles played by the Armed Forces in bringing honour to the country and bonding the country especially during the ‘heady beginnings of journey to nationhood’.
While appreciating the role of the Armed Forces, Police, State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies in restoring peace on the state, Jang noted that “the greatest service we can do to the past heroes is to ensure that the unity and stability of this nation remains solid.”
Speaking also, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Olivia Dazyem, while disclosing that the donations for last year launch was used to empower widows of the fallen heroes, added that her ministry intended channelling the funds for this year to support the education of the children of fallen heroes.
“These resources don’t go in vain, we use them for what they are meant for,” she further stressed, while also soliciting for more funds from members of the public to add to it to make a reasonable assistance.