In another development, Governor Douye Diri has described fallen heroes as brave men and women who paid a supreme price to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.
Noting that they deserved honour and support from every Nigerian, Governor Diri speaking at the twenty-twenty-three Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem Appeal Launch, held at Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, cautioned those paying lip service to the welfare of ex-service men.
The Governor, recalled that the battles fought, won and lost on behalf of the nation rendered some of them disabled and others dead with their families dependent on government to survive.
Governor Diri, who launched the emblem appeal fund with 5 million naira, also directed the State Post Flood Committee to consider demands made by the Chairman of the State Legionnaires with relief materials for their families.
The Governor also called on the Coordinator of the State Security Safety Corps to liaise with the legionnaires on the provision of a patrol Van.
Earlier, the State Chairman of Legionnaires, Elder Ogele Opus, had described the day as memorable to reflect on the sacrifices of ex-service men.
Elder Opus thanked Governor Diri for last year’s approval of 5 hundred million naira monthly running cost, which he said has been helpful to the legionnaires and their families.
Others who launched the Emblem Appeal Fund are the Deputy Governor Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Head of Service, Mrs Biobelemoye Charles-Oyema, State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Solomon Agwanana.
Others are Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ben Okolo, other Heads of security agencies and Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council and Ibenanawei of Ekpetiama Kingdom, King Bubaraye Dakolo.