Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed legionnaires to take charge of security in public schools across the state to forestall all forms of crime in the schools.
Governor Ambode said this on Wednesday while launching the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.
He said his administration remains totally committed to ensuring the safety of pupils across all schools in the state and pledged the support of the government to the ex-servicemen.
“What is important is that we have taken as a matter of fact to take care of our public schools which will henceforth be secured by the Nigerian Legion.
“We promise to give surveillance vehicles to them to enhance security and keep the safety and security of our children in their hands,” he said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.
The governor said the launching of the emblem has continually served as a reminder of the gallantry and sacrifice of personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces that have in no small measure contributed in protecting Nigeria’s cherished sovereignty.
He said that it was important to remember them, especially for paying the supreme price of keeping the country safe and secure in challenging periods, and for achieving unity at the expense of losing their lives.
“It is time to engage ourselves in deep reflection of how such homes have been coping and how the widows and children left behind have been surviving, without important loved ones. It is time to rise in support by alleviating some of their needs; it is the time to express our love, extend appreciation and show gratitude to them for their services to our fatherland.
“We must indeed show to each and every veteran that their service to Fatherland is appreciated, not just by the nation, and the state, but also by ordinary individual citizens of this great nation. It is important that we can continue to live in unity and peace,” he added.
Governor Ambode further stressed the need to show love and support for serving military personnel that their services and sacrifices to the nation would always be rewarded and appreciated.
He said they needed to be inspired to be more patriotic and motivated to give their all in the protection and security of the nation’s territory.
The governor, who announced a donation of N25million and a trailer load of rice to aid the welfare of the families of fallen heroes, asked Nigerians to always treat the ex-servicemen with respect.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, emphasised the need for all citizens to appreciate the gallant fallen heroes through donations for the welfare and upkeep of their families.
Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of Nigerian Legion, Colonel Samuel Akanbi (rtd), commended Governor Ambode for his efforts at transforming the state and fulfilling the promises made to the Legion.