Gov disburses N30m loan to wives of fallen heroes
By Josephine Oguntoyinbo & Adedotun Ajayi
Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has disbursed N30 million microcredit revolving interest- free loan to 66 widows of departed heroes in the state.
Aiyedatiwa presented cheques to the beneficiaries of the loan at the final parade, laying of wreaths and empowerment for 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration held at Government Cenotaph, Alagbaka Akure.
The Governor emphasized the cultural significance of the final parade and laying of wreaths, describing it as the highest form of respect for fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives both domestically and internationally.
Acknowledging the debt of gratitude to soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces, he stressed the importance of tangible support beyond words, urging charity works and assistance to their dependants and widows.
A moment was dedicated to remember the late Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, a political hero and advocate for regional security.
A minute of silence was observed in his honor, highlighting his pivotal role in establishing the ‘Amotekun Corps,’ now an integral part of Ondo State and other South-West states.
Aiyedatiwa reiterated the need for financial and material support to the Legionnaire for the welfare of widows and dependants of fallen heroes.
He commended the success of the Emblem Appeal fund, raising N3 million, and acknowledged contributions from various individuals, groups, and institutions.
The Micro-Credit Loan Scheme for widows, at zero interest rate, remains a flagship programme. This year, N30 million has been allocated to support their businesses.
The Governor addressed concerns about loan repayment, pledging continued accessibility and appealing for cooperation to ensure the program’s sustainability.
He announced an expanded role for State Chairmen of Nigeria Legion, now doubling as Commandants of the Nigerian Legion Corps and Commissionaires, focusing on security-related activities.
Aiyedatiwa called for peaceful elections in the upcoming year, urging all stakeholders to conduct themselves honorably to ensure state’s peace and progress.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr (Mrs) Adebunmi Osadahun in an interview acknowledged the efforts of the armed forces in promoting peace and unity in the Country.
She affirmed that the loan was given to the beneficiaries based on the recommendations of the Legion and the widows Council.
Also Speaking in an interview, the Chairman Nigerian Legion, Ondo State Council,Col.Olu Apata (Rtd) lauded the State Government’s efforts at prioritizing the welfare of its members, and applauded them over the disbursement of loans to wives of the fallen heroes urging the government not to relent .
Widows of the fallen heroes, including Adegbehingbe Victoria, Janet Sunday, said that the annual event enabled Nigerians to remember and honour their late husbands who died defending their fatherland.