Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has given his pledge of 220 million naira to families of the 14 security personnel murdered by gunmen, during a recent attack on security formations in parts of Rivers State.
The cheques were presented to 11 widows of police officers at the state police command, two bereaved family members of the Nigerian Air force at the Nigerian Airforce Base and one widow of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NCDC) official in Port Harcourt.
Recall that the Governor during a condolence visit to the State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka and officers of the State Police Command, announced the donation of 20 million naira to each family of officers killed by gunmen.
Governor Wike who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo said the gesture is in fulfilment of the Governor’s earlier promise to alleviate the plight of the widows and their children.
“His Excellency, Governor Wike deeply sympathize with you”
“We know there is nothing else he can do to bring your husbands, fathers and brothers back to you”
“But he has told me to tell you that in situations like this, we look unto God to support you and show his grace”.
“His excellency wants you to know that your husbands and fathers did not die in vain but died for their fatherland and God will certainly take care of all that concerns them”
“The Governor also said we should bring this token of N20 million each to the widows and children of the deceased security personnel”.
“Our role as a Government is to always identify with people who make sacrifices for the good of humanity, the good of Nigeria and the State. No doubt your husbands are some of those who made such sacrifices along with several officers who are doing same”.
The rivers state Governor nyesom wike also guaranteed the State security personnel of his continuous commitment and support as they discharge their duties.
“I encourage all the officers who are toiling day and night to ensure the security of the State that Rivers State Government will always stand with you and identify with you no matter the situation”
“The Governor appreciates your sacrifices and will always support you to eradicate this recent trend of criminality and terrorism ravaging different parts of the country”.
On his parts, the Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka commended Governor Wike for his benevolence
“We are very happy that the Governor has extended his hand of friendship to us”
“We have been sad all these while, but today, the Governor in his magnanimity has come to wipe out our tears”
“We appreciate the Governor and pray that God will continue to help him the way he is helping us”
“We know that money cannot bring back life but invest the money properly so your children will not drop out of school”.
Similarly, the Commander 115 Special Operations Group, Nigeria Airforce, Port Harcourt, group captain G. E. Laha, also thanked the governor for his kind gesture and promised to continue in the good service of security of the state.