The Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government Council, Barr Etetim Onuk has promised to pay bursary to children of fallen heroes who are studying in tertiary institutions.
Barr Onuk made the remark during the 2020-Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Wreath Laying Ceremonies in honour of Nigeria’s fallen soldiers at Itu Council Secretary, Mbak Atai Itam, Itu LGA, Akwa Ibom State, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
The Council Boss said Itu has engaged the services of members of Nigerian Legion, Itu Chapter as security personnel in the council and have also assisted veterans in the Legion to establish poultry farms and other financial assistance.
“In our bid to support members of the Nigerian Legion, Itu Local Government Chapter, We have engaged the services of some of their members who are currently assisting the Council’s security men.
“We have also financially assisted the veterans to establish a poultry farm which we believe is still running.
Barr Onuk further declared that his administration are going to liaise with the incoming Itu worldwide students body to pay bursary to legionnaires’ children and other students studying in tertiary institutions.
“For this year, I am going to liaise with the incoming Executive Committee members of the National Association of Itu Students (Worldwide) to ensure that Legionnaires children studying in tertiary institutions are given priority in our bursary award which is to be disbursed later this year.
“This administration will continue to support members of the Nigerian Legion, Itu Chapter within the available resources to optimize their potentials”, he stated.
He saluted the brave men and women in uniform who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and urge all to support the families of fallen heroes whose sacrifices he described as unquantifiable.
“I am humbled by the sacrifices they make – and by the strength of their families who bear the painful and irreplaceable loss – we stand in support of those who proudly wear the uniform and strive to ensure they have every opportunity to pursue the Nigerian dream. They give their best for us, and they deserve the best from us.
“Let us salute these brave Nigerians and all those who laid down their lives for our safety. Let us always remember that we live freely today, because of the unquantifiable sacrifices they made.
“I therefore call on everyone, as well as corporate bodies; to take out time to show love and support for our service members, military families,
and veterans who keep this nation strong and safe. To everyone who proudly served in the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thank you for your service and your
Barr Onuk used the occasion to commend the federal government of Nigeria for their consistency in observing the memorial of the fallen heroes.
“I would like to use the occasion of the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day to commend the leadership of this country for being consistent in the observance of this memorial of our fallen heroes.
“I urge the men to remain steadfast to their times honoured ideals of unquestioned loyalty, honour, valour, and faith in a strong, secured, united, stable and prosperous Nigeria”, he concluded.