By John Ighodaro
CALABARâ€”The new chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Yala chapter in Cross River State , Captain Fred Linus Oko, has promised to reviveÂ the organization by working closely with the Yala local government.
He made this promise during the swearing-in-ceremony for the newly elected executive of the legion in Okpoma, the Yala council headquarters.
The new chairman, who argued that the welfare of the members of the legion was paramount, said he was prepared to partner with the local government council authorities and other well meaning organizations to improve the lot of the retired military officers.
Uppermost in the new agenda, he said, was the resolution ofÂ pending disputes within members of the legion which had led to the suspension and expulsion of some members.
His words:Â â€œWe are going to look into the cases which led to disciplinary action being meted out to the members and address them; since disciplinary action is to serve as deterrence and caution, we would haveÂ to re-admit those who have shown remorseâ€.
Captain Oko said the legion would assist members in the units to cultivate farms in their various wards to take care of their welfare.
He appealed to the council to provide accommodation to enable the legion attend to members who are finding it difficult accessing their pension.
His words:Â â€œAn office would assist, the members know where to go to when they have a problem orÂ need clarification in respect of the arrears of pension promised by the federal government, as there is so much rumour and misinformationÂ going onâ€.
The chairman of Yala Local Government Council,Â Barrister Fidel Egoro, who was represented by the secretary of council, Mr Mathias Oko, said the council was willing to be of anyÂ assistance to the legionnaires.
The State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Lt Col Timothy Oshi,Â who conducted the swearing-in, lauded the legionnaires forÂ the peaceful conduct of the election.
According to him, conduct of the election is a demonstration of maturity and called on them toÂ continue to supportÂ their new chairman.