Governor Udom Emmanuel has asked Nigerians to take purposeful steps to ensure that the sacrifices of Nigerian veterans do not go down in vain.
Speaking at this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph along Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the governor said that his administration has on its part ensured that it fulfilled a promise he made during a visit to the military formation at Ibagwa.
Governor Emmanuel who laced his speech with rousing words from some of American statesmen including Gulf War 1 hero, General Norman Schwarzkopf, President John Kennedy among others, he said:
“We must not only utter words of encouragement and appreciation but must spare our thoughts and wallets to the families they left behind. We must not allow the memories of the gallant men and women whom we are honouring here today rot in the wilderness of neglect, squalor and forgetfulness. We must honour their sacrifices by lending our shoulders to their survivors, and soak their veins with love, care and eternal gratitude.
“On our part, we have worked in close collaborations with the Armed Forces establishment, to add a bit of value and appreciation to the improvements of the living standards of our gallant men soldiers.
“In year 2019, we fulfilled a promise I made when I visited one of our military formations at Ibagwa and saw the acute need to intervene in the improvements of the living conditions of our gallant and brave soldiers. I had made a promise to remodel and renovate blocks of flats for the officers and men of the Battalion.
“The first phase of the renovated blocks of flats were handed over to the Battalion in 2019 and last year, we also handed over additional blocks of flats, bringing the total blocks of flats so far remodelled to 168. We have also done the water reticulation to improve the quality of water in the barrack. We are working hard to ensure that power and other quality of live amenities are upgraded in the barrack. We are determined God willing, to replicate this gesture across other layers of our security architecture.”