The Nigerian Legion on Thursday realised N13.7 million as donations at the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem Launch and Appeal Celebration in Sokoto State.
Our correspondent observed that the highest donations of N3 million and N2 million each were received from the Sokoto State Government and the Chief Launcher, Sahabi Bodinga, respectively.
The Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, CCNN, also donated N1 million, while Sokoto state civil servants contributed N3 million and other state government political appointees donated N1 million.
Similarly, the security agencies in the state made a combined donation of N500, 000, through the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani.
The Acting Chief Judge, Justice Sa’idu Sifawa, also donated N600,000 on behalf of Sokoto State Judiciary; members of the State House of Assembly N300,000 and Usmanu Danfidio University Sokoto and Usmanu Danfidio University Teaching Hospital donated N200,000 and N100,000 each.
Sokoto Sultanate Council donated N250, 000 while some businessmen,
Isa Madorawa and Yaro Gobirawa donated N500,000 and N100,000, respectively, among others.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal urged individuals and organisations to support the welfare of families of fallen heroes and ex-servicemen.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, the governor said the donation was to support families of fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives defending the nation.
“Government is concerned and interested in the survival, standard of living and quality of lives of membership of the legion.
“We will continue to support members and families of our heroes who gave their lives endlessly to fight for peace of our dear nation,’’ Mr Tambuwal said.
He also announced a donation of N30,000 from each of the 24 State Executive Council members, N20,000 each from his Special Advisers and Assistants.
Earlier, Aliyu Danchadi, the Chairman of the state Council of Nigerian Legion, said that the Armed Forces Remembrance was set aside to pay tribute to the heroes who paid the ultimate price of death to fight for unity and stability of the country.
Mr Danchadi commended the state government and individuals for their support to the families of war veterans and appealed for more assistance towards improving the welfare of members of the legion.
He said that such donations would help in providing succour to ex-servicemen and dependants of the fallen heroes.