Ahead of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, the 360 members of the House of Representatives yesterday has pledged to donate N3.6m (N10, 000 each) as its contributions to the Nigerian Legion in appreciation of the efforts of some Nigerian soldiers who paid the supreme price fighting for the country.
The resolution followed the unanimous adoption of a motion on matters of urgent national importance moved by the House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor of the House.
While moving the motion, Gbajabiamila noted that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem on Monday at the Presidential Villa with N10 million on behalf of the federal government.
He pointed out that it was good that the lawmakers emulated the president in supporting the legion.
According to him, “Just yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem. Mr. Speaker, I can see the emblem on your chest too. I want to move that we join hands with the president to recognise the efforts of our fallen heroes.
“Mr. Speaker, the president donated N10 million for the launch and I therefore move that the House collects N10,000 from every member and the speaker to make it up to N5million. We should also observe a minute silence in honour of all the fallen heroes.”
Meanwhile, the House Committee on Army has pledged its readiness to work with the Nigerian Army in order to increase its strength and modernise its operations.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Riman Shawulu Kwewum (PDP, Taraba) made the pledge at the inaugural meeting of the committee yesterday.
In an opening remark, the chairman assured that the committee would give maximum cooperation to the army in order to meet its new challenges.
Kwewum said that the committee would work with the military to modernise itself, increase its strength in terms of manpower and equipment.
He hinted that an educated and well trained soldier was the core of the modern army, hence they “help to ensure that the army training institutions and facilities are not just properly rehabilitated but modernised to meet current challenges.”