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Foundation for Families of Fallen Servicemen is a non-profit organization founded to cater for the families of servicemen who die in the line of duty in Nigeria. The Foundation believes that in return for the sacrifices of military and paramilitary members of the armed services of the federation who die defending our freedom, internal security and national sovereignty, the families they leave behind are deserving of our support to live confident and productive lives.
Beyond our commitments to providing emotional, financial and psychological support to the surviving families of fallen servicemen, the Foundation engages in commemorative annual community development projects, such as building of clinics, drilling of boreholes and combating general epidemic in remote rural and developing communities in honour of fallen servicemen, our patrons and partnering philanthropists.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees of the Foundation is made up of persons of integrity, dedication, discipline and commitment. They are poised to ensure that the management team of the Foundation adheres strictly to the action plans for effective realization of the constitutional objectives for which the organization was established. The board also ensures that the budget, expenditure and audits of the Foundation comply strictly with international best practices and local legislations. The Board Members include the following persons:
Barr. Ojo Toluwatope Alex (Chairman)
Barr. Ibinabo Edwin (Secretary)
Barr. Christian Chijioke Woke (Legal Adviser)
Dr. Helen Omavuayen Amakiri (National Coordinator)
Mrs. Kehinde Abike Rachael ( Treasurer).
November 4, 2016 will remain a day to be remembered forever by Nigerians, the Nigeria Army and the families of Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali and his men, Seargents Muazu Ibrahim, Bassey Okon, Hussani Jafaru, Cpl. Chukwu Simon, Private Salisu Lawal and Seaman Patrick Paul.
Most Nigerians never really paid attention to or appreciate the sacrifices being made by families of soldiers and other uniform men who die in the line of duty, children whose fathers never came back home, and widows who sit up through the long nights with tears streaming down their faces, wishing it was all a dream.
Abu-Ali was a lion-heart soldier whose dread caused panic in the enemy camp,…his family, wife and little kids looked forward to when he would be done at the trenches and return into their arms. Alas!,…that day never came.
Like a good commander, he died in his boots along with his best men,…in a terrorists ambush that parted the curtains to expose the grim travails of families of men who die in the line of duty.
Many have died before them in the same quest, many have died after, and many will still die in the line of duty,…not only in the Army, but also in the Navy, Air Force, Police, Civil Defence, Immigration, Customs, NDLEA and Prisons Service.
They die chasing terrorists in the North, militants in the Niger Delta, armed robbers in the highways, pipeline vandals in the creeks, illegal immigrants at the borders and drug lords in our streets. And when they die,…the world forgets about them and their families.
Plunged into the unexpected, the dependents are ushered into another phase of life,…a life of struggle, lack and poverty.
Sometimes the wives too die of heartache, and the children become orphans,…dragging on through life without the world lifting a finger.
While the founder of this Foundation was always drawn to charity from his youth, particularly to the orphans and the fatherless,…like many, he also never really appreciated the stark realities of the travails of the dependents of those who die in the line of duty until he joined one of the armed services of the Federation sometimes in 2010.
Then came November 22, 2016, barely three weeks after terrorists killed Abu-Ali and his men,….militants in Port Harcourt murdered 4 NSCDC operatives in cold blood while protecting the pipelines. Their corpses were brought to the command fresh and dripping. It was a black day. The anguish boldly written on the faces of their families needed no telling, and reminded the founder of what they would soon be going through.
Condolence visits were paid to the families by the helmsman, partly to commiserate with them, and also to boost the morale of those who are still holding the lines. But it was clear,…crystal clear that more needed to be done.
To promote renewed patriotism and gallantry in the ranks,…there was need for reassurance. A reassurance that no families of these veterans and heroes will suffer as a direct consequence of their loss.
There was need for a Foundation,…a foundation that will ensure that though they’ll continue to miss their fathers, the children will remain in school and have food on their tables. A Foundation that will ensure that though the husbands cannot be brought back to life, their wives would be delighted knowing the world did not forget their sacrifice.
There was need for FOUNDATION FOR FAMILIES OF FALLEN SERVICEMEN.
And then, the Foundation was born, with men of vision, passion and integrity at the helm, who would ensure that all donations towards the welfare of these families are judiciously applied, with robust plans set to ensure that the families of the fallen never feel neglected again.
The governing body of the Foundation of the Foundation consists of five Directorates:
(a). Directorate of Admin and Personnel Management,
(b). Directorate of Planning and Operations,(c). Directorate of Education and Scholarships,
(d). Directorate of Finance and Procurement, and
(c). Directorate of Legal Services.
The five directorates are headed by directors who report to the Chief Executive Director of the Foundation in the performance of their constitutional obligations.
The Foundation’s Governing Board is made up of the directors of the various directorates and is headed by the Chief Executive Director, who doubles as Chairman of the Governing Board, through whom reports are sent to the Board of Trustees.
OUR VISION AND MISSION
OUR VISION at the Foundation include providing secured and consistent educational, financial, emotional and health support for families of servicemen who become permanently incapacitated or die in defence of our freedom, internal security and national sovereignty against criminals, terrorists and external aggression.
By consistently pursuing it’s vision for the welfare of the families left behind by security operatives who die in the various security agencies of the federation, THE MISSION of the Foundation is to promote patriotism and gallantry in the ranks of military and paramilitary members of the armed services of the federation.
OUR ANNUAL EVENTS
Generally, our annual events are fixed in anniversary, prevailing circumstances may, however, compel a shift in dates and venues, in which case, we will always endeavour to keep our audience informed in good time. Our annual events include Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Fallen Servicemen Fundraising Week, Fallen Servicemen Survivors Day, and lastly, Eagles & Angels.
YOU CAN BE PART OF US
You can be part of this great effort to make our society a more secure place by joining our train. Our membership is free, and we are happy to have you as one of us as volunteer or patron. We look forward to hearing from you!