The Minister of Mines and Steel development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite has pledged support for the launching of 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, assuring ‘that every staff of the Ministry will put-on the emblem in solidarity with fallen heroes.’
He expressed hope that the ministry’s support will boost the morale of the Nigerian military and ensure their effective and efficient services in the continuous defense of the country.
Media Officer in the Ministry, Chinwe Ekwugha who confirmed the development on behalf of the Director, Press and Public Relations, said the delegation of the Nigerian Legion decorated the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Mrs Oluwatoyin Akinlade with the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem, at the Ministry’s headquarters, in Abuja, recently.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, commended the Nigerian Legion for honoring fallen heroes and veterans of the armed forces, while expressing optimism that Nigerians will continue to uphold the honor and privilege in appreciation of the heroic sacrifices made by the fallen veterans.
The workforce of the ‘ministry would put on the emblem in solidarity’ and support for the Legion and fallen Heroes, throughout the designated period, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, the minister said.
He described fallen heroes as ‘idols who sacrificed their lives in defense of the country,’ and eulogized them for the valor they exhibited, stating that the confronted enemy-forces at the expense of forfeiting the comfort and warmth of their homes.
‘They left the comfort of their homes to confront forces that sought to destroy our cherished national values,’ the minister said, adding that fallen heroes also fought in distant lands in order to protect Nigeria’s collective heritage.
The Director, Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Legion, Morenike Henry who led the delegation on behalf of the Chairman of the project, Brigadier General Jones Adekole Akpan (rtd), said the visit was meant to solicit support of the ministry in order to support the beneficiaries of fallen heroes and retired soldiers, adding that it will enable them achieve set goals.
The Director, Human Resources Management, Mohammed Kadir Suleiman also pledged the support of the ministry to the project, while wishing them success in the project.