The Ministry of Defence on Tuesday inaugurated a 28-member National Planning Committee for the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC).
Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, who inaugurated the committee, said that members of the committee were drawn from relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government.
“I have no doubt in my mind that your nomination to serve on this committee was based purely on merit. I therefore charge you to deliver an AFRDC that will surpass those organised in the past,’’ Sheni said.
He said that the theme, “Appraising the Resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces’’, was chosen, considering efforts of personnel of the armed forces in tackling various threats to national security.
The permanent secretary also noted that the personnel had performed gallantly well in spite of the current economic downturn.
“Owing to their efforts and sacrifices, all the territories formerly under the control of insurgents have been recaptured.
“Normalcy is gradually returning to the affected villages/towns as public schools previously occupied by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are to resume normal academic activities,’’ he said.
Sheni charged members of the committee to spend within the limit of allocated resources.
He said that the ministry would no longer fund the production, promotion and marketing of the remembrance emblems in line with the current economic realities.
According to the permanent secretary, the Nigerian Legion, under the supervision of the ministry has appointed a private organisation to design, produce, promote and sell the emblems for the 2017 exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the committee are Brig.-Gen. G.S. Abdullahi, Chairman, Dr J.C. Alozie, Coordinator and Lt.-Cdr. J.P. Ishe, Secretary.
Others are: Brig.-Gen. M.S. Yusuf, Brig.-Gen. R. Abubakar, retired Col. M. Gayya, Col. A.o. Ibeokoye, Group Capt. E.L. Adama, Group Capt. A.O. Kotun, Lt.-Col. H.I. Dasuki and Lt.-Col. S.O. Kilani.
Also included in the committee are: Lt.-Col. Are, Lt.-Col. C. C. Nwachukwu, Lt.-Col. M. K. Baban-Mallam, Cmdr. I. F. Okoloagu, Maj. S. A. Ugwu, Maj. O. A. Alabi, Lt.-Cdr. K. M. Bello and retired Capt. J. A. Adole.
Messrs Abu Sarki, Ifabiyi Sunday, Iorhen Kwange, Clifford Moneke, A. U. Ogboli, Sunday Ajaga, Malam Mohammed Bello, ACP Austine Akila and a representative of widows of fallen heroes would also serve on the committee. (NAN)