The Chairman of O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs has promised free legal services to the widows of some deceased Nigerian troops.
The announcement was made at the West African Social Activities held on Saturday at the Port Harcourt Barracks.
“It is also important to say that as a people, beyond the walls of these barracks, it is time we rose together as one to do more to protect widows from stigmatization, persecution, and oppression by those who seek to take advantage of their bereavement,” Dr. Lulu-Briggs said.
“Widows should rather be comforted and empowered to sustain the families they are left with after the passing of their beloved husbands. I believe it is time for a more coordinated approach in protecting widows and ensuring that those who victimize, persecute and dehumanize them are made to face laws that do not just bark but actually bite. It is something I am personally committed to.”
The event, which signaled the end of military activities for 2019 and attracted participation from far and wide brought together officers and soldiers of the 6 Division in a convivial atmosphere to celebrate and honor Army families.
Among dignitaries who graced the event were the Governor of Rivers State represented by Hon. Dr. Tammy Danagogo, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, Commander Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) and Brig-Gen. T. R. Afio, Commander 6 Division Garrison.
Dr. Lulu-Briggs commended the GOC, the officers and soldiers of the 6 Division Port Harcourt for sustaining peace, security, and safety in the Niger Delta region. She said in credit to their sacrificial duties to our nation, citizens and expatriates now find the Niger Delta region a safe haven to live and do business in. She announced the provision of free scholarships for 150 children of fallen soldiers as well as five million naira, 200 bags of rice and free legal services to widows of fallen soldiers facing any form of oppression on the basis of their being widows.