Armed Forces Day 2021 in Enugu Resurrects Hope as Ugwuanyi Donates Cash Food Items and Empowers Wives of Fallen Heroes
~ By Chris Enemoh
2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Ugwuanyi donates cash, food items to widows of fallen heroes.
Supports NAOWA’s skill acquisition projects with N5m
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Friday donated the sum of N5 million and 150 bags of 50kg rice to widows of fallen heroes in the state in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Governor Ugwuanyi handed over a cheque of N5 million to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Lasisi Adegboye for onward distribution to the widows.
At a brief ceremony held at the Parade ground Abakpa Cantonment Enugu, he also made symbolic presentations of the food items to selected wives of the fallen heroes.
The governor also supported the skills acquisition project of the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), 82 Division Chapter, with the sum of N5 million and made bulk purchase of the products of the trainees.
The NAOWA, 82 Division Chapter’s skills acquisition programme, according to its President and wife of the GOC, Mrs. Rasheedat Adegboye, is aimed at empowering the soldiers’ families with skills in vocational training for financial empowerment.
Responding, the GOC, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Adegboye, disclosed that it was because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic that the conventional ceremony organized annually to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Enugu State, did not hold at the usual venue.
The GOC thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for deeming it necessary to identify with the military to pray for repose of their departed colleagues, those who are in the front line as well as the nation.
He also expressed gratitude to the governor for his administration’s support over the years to 82 Division and members of the Armed Forces in Enugu State; “You have just replicated what you normally do”.
Recall that during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Michael Okpara Square Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi promised that his administration will intervene to ameliorate their sufferings, and consequently released the sum of N19 million to the 82 Division Nigerian Army Enugu for disbursement to the affected women to start businesses.