The Minister for Defence, Honourable Dominic Nitiwul has encouraged the Veterans Administration in charge of the welfare of Veterans to intensify their efforts at other means of generating income to supplement government’s subvention.
He said this during the 72nd Launch of the Poppy Appeal to support Veterans at the Retired Commissioned Officers’ Club, Ridge, on Thursday 12 October, 2017 in Accra.
The event was a prelude to the Remembrance Day which falls on 11th November, the day the Armistice was signed.
In his speech, Hon Nitiwul called on the Veteran Administration to intensify its public education to sensitize Ghanaians to appreciate the sacrifices the Veterans made during the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
He added that the self-sacrifice, gallantry and patriotism of our veterans have not been in vain, as people now live in a relatively free and safe world dominated by the practice of democracy, free expression and respect for human rights, despite the fact that the world was confronted with terrorist activities.
Hon Nitiwul called on everybody to be part of this years Poppy crusade and appealed to the clergy, law makers, government officials, drivers, market women, traders, civil servants and corporate Ghana to support the Veterans through the patronage of the Poppy.
The chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa on his part donated an amount of Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis (10,000) in support of the veterans.
The invited guests were treated to some cultural display by the Ghana Dance Ensemble and some good music by the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band.
The Minister thanked the invited guest, the CDS, Service Chiefs and all other Senior Officers as well as the Defence Advisors of the United Kingdom and Nigeria for gracing the occasion.