2021 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY: AYADE LAMENTS PLIGHT OF EX-SERVICE MEN, PROVIDES SOCIAL SUPPORT
For 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Ex-Service Men in Cross River State went home with full smiles as the State Governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade filled their hearts with warm words of encouragement that uplifted their spirits, with hope and dignity in life.
The Governor, who lauded the contributions of ex servicemen in the society, state categorically that they deserve care, protection and honour at all times, for the unequal sacrifices they have made in the country and human life.
While lamenting their plight, Ayade said that Nigeria has the responsibility to take care of them and protect them, and as such, he ensure that the present administration, pays meaningful attention to the welfare of ex-service men and their families, particularly, the Widows. To that effect, the Governor who assured them of this continuous support, directed that a brand new bus be provided for them.
” You fought for the sustenance of this nation and to keep us alive, therefore, we have the duty and responsibility to protect you and take care of you because one good turn deserves another”, he said.
On his part, Chairman, Cross River State Chapter of the Nigerian Legion, Captain Joseph Offiong, described the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day as unique “Because we have our Governor here with us and he has made us proud”. He therefore, commended Ayade for donating a bus to the Legion and promised judicious use of it.
Earlier, the Governor joined Service Commanders in the State and widows of fallen soldiers to lay wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Millennium Park. And as his own contribution to adding more meaning to the Armed Force Remembrance Day, Chairman, Anti – Tax Agency, Bishop, Dr. Emmah Gospel Isong lauded the Governor’s good nature which is being made manifest by placing welfare of the people a priority in the State.
The Chairman applauded the Governor on the wise initiative that produced the Tax Exemption Policy Granted to the poor masses and also, finding it important to convey respect to the departed Heroes of our nation.
He noted that the Governor’s Anti-Tax Policy to petty traders is reasonably improving the State’s economy as it is recording profit for the small and medium scale enterprises across the State.
“The essence of governance is to impact on the people, especially, poor masses and this is exactly what the present administration is doing”, as clearly being demonstrated by the Governor”, he pointed out.
Buttressing his points further, Dr. Isong said that, with the creation of the Anti Tax Agency, Cross River increased, and is sustaining impressively, small and medium scale businesses across the State. Noting that their sacrifices will never be forgotten in life, he prayed for the departed soldiers to find rest, recalling that those they left behind will ever cherish and honour them.