The chairman of Itu Local Government Council, Barr Etetim Onuk, has disclosed that children of surviving soldiers and fallen heroes from Itu Local Government studying in tertiary institutions would be given priority in the disbursement of bursary later this year.
The council chairman made the declaration on Wednesday, during the 2020 march past and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
Barr Onuk, who said he was pleased by the fact that the military has continued to interface with the police and others other security agencies to provide security and guarantee the safety of Nigerians, also noted that these gallant men put themselves at risk to defend Nigeria's security, prosperity and to preserve the country's territorial integrity.
The Itu council boss commended the military for the remarkable services they have rendered within and outside the shores of the country, maintaining that their actions have earned Nigeria a pride of place in the comity of nations.
He saluted the selflessness of the brave soldiers who paid the supreme price for the safety of all and called on citizens and corporate organizations to take out time to show love and support for the legionnaires who proudly served and sacrificed for us.
"I would like to use the occasion of the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance day to commend the leadership of this country for being consistent in the observance of this memorial of our fallen heroes. I urge the men to remain steadfast to their time-honoured ideals of unquestionable loyalty, honour, valour and faith in a strong, secured, united, stable and prosperous Nigeria,â€ he said.
Onuk also revealed that apart from engaging the service of some members of the Nigerian Legion; Itu Area Council, the Council also assisted to establish a poultry farm to help generate money for the veteran's organization and pledged to continue supporting them.
Meanwhile, the chairman, Itu Area Council of the Nigerian Legion, Major Archibong Eniang (rtd) has called on all to show compassion and donate generously towards ameliorating the challenges faced by permanently maimed soldiers, widows and families of fallen soldiers.
Major Eniang particularly cited those whose livelihood hitherto depended on the emoluments of their late husbands and fathers, stressing that many are in dire need of enduring means of sustenance.
He expressed profound gratitude to the three tier of government in Nigeria for sustaining the annual event of remembering fallen soldiers and appreciating living retirees, describing it as commendable.