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Release our 2017 budget, Nigerian Legion begs Obiano

.Set to empower 200 widows of fallen heroes

Anambra State chapter of the Nigerian Legion has appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to intervene for the immediate release of the 2017 Budget of the organisation to enable them start resolving so many of their challenges.

Speaking with a select newsmen on the sideline after the Wreath Laying and Parade to mark the 2018 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Anambra State chapter, Elder Major Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Nwankwo, said they are hopeful for the budget’s approval.

He said the budget was approved by the Governor and passed by the state House of Assembly last year but the Legion has not gotten any kobo yet.

He said: “It will us interest you to know that the 2017 budget approved the governor and the state Assembly for the legion has not been released till date and we passionately appeal to the Governor to kindly ensure that the money is released to enable the legion cope with other challenges and solve other problems’’.

Major (Elder) Nwankwo, flanked by his vice, Major Christopher O Nwakanmuo, CNC, and treasurer, Major Godwin Malife (CNC), said about two hundred (200) widows of their fallen heroes from Anambra State will be empowered by the state chapter of the Nigerian legion to ameliorate their problems and take care of their immediate families.

The widows, he revealed, will be empowered with grinding and sewing machines, farming inputs/implements, consumables and financial empowerment among other items during this year’s Nigerian Legion Day on a date yet to be announced.

He requested widows of retired fallen heroes in the state to come and register with them so that they can be included in the forthcoming Fallen Heroes widows’ empowerment by the state Legion.

The Anambra State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion however solicited for concerted effort and financial assistant from both the government and public spirited individuals to carry out the lofty project, which, he said, will be an annual ritual in the state.

Nwankwo, literally wept over lack of an administrative office in the state, lamenting that only Anambra State Legion has no secretariat in the country.

While decrying lack of secretariat in the state for the legionnaires, Nwankwo called on Governor Willie Obiano to come to their rescue by providing a land where the state secretariat would be erected.

Elder Nwankwo regretted that non utilisation of the previous parcel of land allocated to the legion opposite the Government House by Group Captain Garba Rufai (rtd) by the previous administrations of the legion made the state, the only state in the South East that exists without a secretariat.

“We need financial support from both the government and public spirited individuals. Anambra state is the only state in the whole country that has no secretariat and Anambra is also the only state that N1 million is the standard amount been given to the Legionnaires annually. It is now a ritual but we want the government to improve on their welfare package for us.

“I am aware that Rivers state governor, Nyeson Wike, graciously gave the sum of N100 million to the state legion and Governor Ambode of Lagos State gives N25 million, including other packages. We are not comparing our governor with them because we know that he is really working but we need improvement. We are really, in dare need of public assistance” he appealed.

“We will also want the governor to provide an SUV car for the chairman or replace the Legion’s bus that is now in bad shape and as well, enlist us as one of the beneficiaries of the community project initiatives organised by his administration. We have given much to the world and nothing should be looked on as too big to be given back to us in return,” he appealed.

John Ndu, Awka

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