The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday directed legionnaires to take charge of security in public schools in the state.
Ambode, who gave the directive while inaugurating the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, said ensuring safety of pupils in the state was important to him.
He said, “Our public schools will henceforth be secured by the Nigerian Legion. We promise to give surveillance vehicles to them to keep our children secured.”
The governor said the emblem served as a reminder of the gallantry and sacrifice of men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces which had contributed in protecting the nation’s sovereignty.
“We must reflect on how their families have been surviving without their loved ones. It is time to support them by alleviating some of their needs.
“It is equally important that we continue to live in unity and peace. We use this opportunity to tell our serving military men and women that services and sacrifices will always be appreciated,” Ambode said.
Ambode also announced a donation of N25m, as well as a trailer load of rice, to the families of the fallen heroes.
“Also, we extend a trailer load of Lake Rice and N25m to the Nigeria Legion,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdulhakeem AbdullLateef, urged Lagosians to donate to the welfare of the families of the fallen heroes to appreciate the deceased’s efforts.
The Chairman of Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Samuel Akanbi (retd.), commended Ambode for fulfilling the promises made to the legion.