By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Nigerian Legion has appointed Brig.-Gen. MAO Amolegbe (rtd), as the new head of its Corps of Commissionaires, to ensure a harmonious working relationship with State chairmen of the organisation.
The National Chairman, Nigeria Legion, retired Brig.-Gen. Adakole Akpa, disclosed this at the opening of the 2021 Annual National Council Meeting of the legion, on Thursday, in Abuja.
The Corps of Commissionaires was established in 1962, as a Federal Government sponsored project, designed to afford employment for Nigerian ex-servicemen and women, whose conduct rating on discharge from the armed forces was categorised as either exemplary, good, very good or excellent.
It is an active security formation made up of good-spirited Nigerian citizens, who are out to render voluntary services to the Nigerian society, in collaboration with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Akpa described as worrisome the constant friction between the corps of commissionaire and the State Chairmen of the legion who they were supposed to support.
He said that the current leadership of the corps had committed a lot of infractions against the legion, adding that the head of the corps had consistently whittled down the position of ex-Servicemen in the corps.
According to him, the strength of ex-Servicemen in the Corps of Commissionaires is less than five per cent compared to over 95 per cent civilians, despite the fact that the Corps was made for ex-Servicemen and women.
Akpa disclosed that the new commandant would respect the State Chairmen and give them the rightful place they deserve, telling the state chairmen ”to remove him if he does not live up to their expectations.”
“All correspondences should be directed to the new Commandant General”, Akpa directed.
“ACC Alex Udunze is recommended as the new Commandant for Rivers State.
“For the Federal Capital Territory, we are proposing Capt. A. Bako (Rtd), who has been in charge of all National Parade, involving the Nigeria Legion as the Commandant,” he added.
Akpa disclosed that the annual national council meeting of the Legion was designed to evaluate past performances and make corrections or adjustments ,where necessary, as well as plan for future projections and proffer ways to actualise them.
He urged members to ensure that discussions at the meeting were robust, devoid of rancour and contradictions that could thwart successful deliberations and outcomes.
“Having said that, there is a rumour going around the mill that I sold Legion property, which is completely false.
“I am not here to present a combative posture, but to ensure peace reigns amidst the storm,” Akpa said. (NAN)