The Lagos State Government says it will
continue to support both serving and retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in their mandate of ensuring both external and internal security of the nation.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known an interview with newsmen
shortly after dispensing with the usual ceremonies marking this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
“As they continue to keep the territorial integrity of this Country safe and secure, we’ll continue to work with them in security formations, in intelligence and we’ll continue to ensure that Lagos remain safe, they’ve been a major component of our security architecture and so, what we do is that our Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Ministry and our Wealth Creation Ministry ensure that they push their interventions directly to the spouses of the fallen heroes and those of them that are still in service and we usually relate with them to ensure that we give them the necessary skills and support” he said
Governor Sanwo-Olu who had donated fifty million naira to the Nigerian Legion earlier in the month, noted that over five thousand of them had been employed by the State government as security officers in public schools and government offices
He pointed out that his administration had also put measures in place to cater for the need of spouses of the fallen heroes through skill acquisition and empowerment.
While thanking the State government for its continued support, the Commandant of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Legion, retired Colonel Fola Akande solicited the support of the members of the public in providing employment for his members who have been retrained for service.
He said “Over three thousand of our members who have been retrained are looking for employment, I want to appeal to members of the public to also support us by employing some of us as security personal in companies, schools, estates and various organisations within Lagos State”
While wreaths were laid by the Governor and serving top Military personnel in the State in memory of the deceased heroes, prayers were also offered for the repose of their souls, the wellbeing of the families they left behind and for those still in active service.