Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Bello pledges support for families of fallen soldiers

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has pledged the administration’s continuous support to families of members of the Nigerian military who had paid the supreme price in the line of duty.

The Minister made this pledge when members of the Nigerian Legion paid a courtesy visit to the FCTA and also to decorate him and other principal officers of the Administration with the year 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day emblem.

Malam Bello commended members of the Nigerian military for their contribution towards nation building including the creation of the FCT whose founding fathers he said were made up mostly of members of the Armed Forces.

He promised to work with members of the Nigerian Legion to ensure that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes do not go unnoticed.

The minister especially had kind words for members of the Legion posted to the FCTA who he said were very hard working and often went beyond the call of duty in the discharge of their assignments.

He assured members of the Legion that FCTA’s donation for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day will be paid promptly while all staff will be encouraged to wear the emblem at all times as a mark of respect for the nation’s fallen heroes.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brig. Gen. Jones Akpa (Rtd) said that the Legion was empowered by law to oversee the management of all welfare issues of veterans who have disengaged honorably from the Nigerian Armed Forces.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a predictable 30-day cycle of payment of pension to veterans thereby removing a major impediment to their welfare.

He also expressed the Legion’s appreciation to the FCTA for all the support rendered to it over the years.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa and other principal officers were decorated with the 2020 emblem.

 

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