Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has offered automatic employment to the widows of the two Bayelsa-born pilots who died in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.
Lieutenant Pereowei Jacob died in a helicopter crash in Damasak, Borno State, on January 2, 2019 while Flight Lieutenant Ebitimi Owei died in 2015 when the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet he was piloting encountered a bad weather and crashed in Yola.
Fidelis Sorowei, the Special Adviser on Media Relations to the Governor, in a statement said Dickson made the announcement while paying a condolence visit to Mrs Diepreye Jacob, widow of Lieutenant Jacobs.
Dickson said Bayelsa government is proud of the heroes and the gesture was aimed at encouraging and rallying support for those left behind by the deceased.
“We are very proud of the services and the sacrifices that our departed young heroes made. We hereby announce automatic employment for the wife (Diepreye Jacob).
“We hear you are doing your National Youth Service, you will get your letter of employment as soon as you complete your compulsory service to the nation.
“The Commander (of the 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt, Air Commodore E. Ebiowei) has told us that another officer, flight Lt. Owei, also died while fighting in the North-East. I hereby announce an immediate employment for his widow.
“This is our modest way of encouraging our people in the service of this nation. Our people, from the beginning, have stood for Nigeria. We have been doing that and we are not going to get tired to demand that Nigeria does what is right for us too.”
The governor had earlier paid a condolence visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on January 11, 2019 to condole with the air force on the death of Jacob. ����