Ex-service men, widows call for better welfare, empowerment of members in Ebonyi

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The ex-service men during a parade in Ebony State on Saturday January 15, 2022.

By Enyinna Omoke,

Abakaliki

The Ebonyi State chapter of the Nigerian Legion has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to enhance the welfare package of the ex-service men, their widows and children to alleviate their plight.

The state Chairman, Captain Fidelis Ogodo, made the appeal at Unity Square, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, during this year’s Armed Forces Rememberance Day on Saturday January 15, 2022.

He said that most of their members were passing through difficult times and needed to be supported.

Besides, he called for the employment of some of their members, who were still strong to take care of their families.

“I am happy to be among the celebrants because there are many ex-service men that are not alive to join us.

“We expect the federal government to look into our welfare and employ many of our children who are jobless. We expect them to also employ some of our members. There are some of them, though retired, yet strong and active.

“If federal government employs them, we shall appreciate it.”

Also, the President of Military Widows Association, Mrs. Margrate Luke Diya, lamented that the wives of  ex-service men, who lost their lives in active service have been forgotten.

According to her, nobody is asking of the welfare of their children.

She called on the federal government  to employ their children, who have graduated from various institutions of higher learning as part of measures to assist their families.

The high point of the event was the laying of wreath at the cenotaph by the governor and other top government officials as well as the 21 gun salute to mark the event.

 

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