Governments at all levels in Nigeria have been urged to provide scholarships and free education at all levels for children of members of the armed forces and other security agents who died while on active service for the nation.
The Chairman of Foundation for Families of Fallen Servicemen (FFS), a non governmental organisation, Alex Ojo, made the appeal on Sunday, in a letter to the Nigeria Governors Forum and made available to journalists in Benin, Edo state.
He said giving adequate care and support for families of fallen servicemen in the area of education is imperative, in view of the security challenges facing the country.
Ojo noted that families faced many challenges after the death of their bread winners.
According to him, making education free for children of fallen heroes will encourage and boost the morale of security operatives and members of the armed forces who give their all to defend the country at the front lines.
“We appealed to the federal government and state governors across the country to seize the occasion of the forthcoming Armed Forces Remembrance Day to declare support for families of fallen servicemen who died in the course of defending the nation.”
“Our mission includes facilitating free education, free health services, housing, and economic empowerment for dependents of soldiers and other security operatives who die in the line of duty for Nigeria,” he said.
Ojo said the foundation was established to support the children and wives of security operatives who die in the line of duty, with particular focus on their children.
He added that they also want to promoting patriotism and gallantry at the front lines to strengthen security for a safer and more progressive Nigeria