The Successful Launch of Support Our Troops Foundation.

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The official launch event for Support Our Troops Foundation, Nigeria took place on Monday the 15th September 2014 at AHQ Command Officer’s Mess 1, Asokoro Abuja FCT.

The foundation which is a not for profit military charity that supports and promote the interests of the Nigerian Armed Forces was successfully unveiled by the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

In attendance were distinguished military guests including Major General Ugo Buzugbe (Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters) representing the Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral S.N. Usman (Chief of Naval Safety and Standards at the Naval Headquarters) representing the Chief of Naval Staff, Air Vice Marshall E.E. Argungu (Director of Policy) representing the Chief of Air Staff, Major General G.A. Wahab (Chief of Administration), Mr Tunde Ayeni (CON), and Chief Femi Fani Kayode. Also in attendance were the Defence Attaches of United States of America and France.

In her welcome speech, CEO and Founder of Support Our Troops Nigeria, Mrs. Funmi Ogbue reiterated the aim of the foundation to lift the spirits of Nigerian troops and their families, and to create a national culture of pride.

She further explained how the foundation will achieve this through its four main support programmes:

For Deployed Troops; the foundation provides care packages and kits to the battle front and military bases.

For Wounded Troops; it provides healthcare support, as well as give access to education, employment and reintegration schemes post-injury.

For Fallen Troops; it provides emotional support and business grants for spouses. There is also educational support for children in armed forces families. The foundation ensures they are not educationally disadvantaged as a result of loss.

For Retired Troops; it provides entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. Support Our Troops works with employers and educational establishments to bring ex-servicemen and women into the workplace, or provide the resources to help them launch ventures of their own.

For All Troops; the foundation ensures that servicemen and women are appreciated and rewarded in a variety of ways: these include, an annual charity ball and award ceremony, discounts and benefits from our corporate partners, donations of clothes, books, vehicles, mobiles phones and more.

Officially unveiling the foundation on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Minister of State for Defence thanked the Nigerian armed forces for their many sacrifices and bravery. He also reiterated the need for every citizen to appreciate and support the armed forces anyway possible.

The Support Our Troops foundation supports all of its programmes through the financial support of donors who are able to contribute in cash or in kind, as well as through volunteering, scholarships and media partnerships.

For more information, visit http://www.supportourtroopsng.org.

ENDS

For further information in the UK and to interview Mrs Funmi Ogbue, founder and trustee of Support Our Troops, Nigeria, please email elsie(at)jakeriley(dot)org

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