The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN today disbursed a total sum of Nine Million, Eight Hundred thousands naira to the wives of Fallen, and Living Heroes of the Nigerian Army as part of the activities to celebrate the year 2021 Armed Forces Rememberance Day.
At a matching parade event held in Akure the state capital, 80 women benefited from the gesture, from three categories of Wives of Fallen Heroes, Wives of Living Heroes and Apalara champions.
Inviting the Governor to present cheques for the beneficiaries, the State Chairman of the Micro Credit Agency, Chief Mrs Kosemaani Kolawole explained that this year’s disbursement was a bit different from the previous years due to the magnanimity of the governor not to limit support fund to only wives of fallen heroes but to also celebrate the living ones.
Out of the N9.8million disbursed, N5.450M goes to the widows of fallen heroes.
Qualified dependants of fallen heroes who are into micro, small and medium enterprises requiring support were also given non-collaterised loans to start off or boost their businesses.
In his address, Governor Akeredolu assured that his administration will not relent in its efforts at making the well-being of the dependants of the fallen heroes a priority.
He added that the state will also not shy away from continuing to contribute its quota to the well-being of security officers in the State.
Governor Akeredolu harped on the need to re-engineer the present security architecture in the country as a way of addressing the current security challenging across the country.
The Governor also called for collaborative efforts among the security agencies, particularly between the Nigerian Armed Forces and state-based security outfits.
He said:”I will like to encourage the Nigerian Armed Forces to explore the possibility of collaborating with the State-based security outfit like the Amotekun Corps
“This is very crucial because members of the Amotekun Corps have local knowledge and are familiar with the Ondo State environment.
“They can offer useful and timely intelligence to the Army as they know the people’s culture and the terrain of the communities; they know the indigenes and can easily identify strangers
within their vicinity
“This can really help to enhance and make effective the collective efforts of all our security agencies.