- The Nigerian armed forces retire 527 soldiers, ratings and airmen from active service
- The retirees comprise of 228 from the Nigerian Army, 118 from the Nigerian Navy and 181 trainees from the Nigerian Air Force
- The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi urges the retired military personnel to take proactive steps to avoid falling victims to some challenges of post-service life
The Nigerian armed forces have retired 527 soldiers, ratings and airmen from service and trained them with entrepreneurial skills needed for easy reintegration into civil livelihoods.
The Nation reports that the retirees comprised of 228 from the Nigerian Army (NA), 118 from the Nigerian Navy (NN) and 181 trainees from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
The retirees also went through a six-month preparatory and skills acquisition training at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) Oshodi, where they were taught entrepreneurial skills.
The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi speaking at the graduation ceremony for the retirees noted that the federal government was committed to improving the welfare for the military.
He advised the retired military personnel to take proactive steps to avoid falling victims to some challenges of post service life such as inadequate resources, misuse of benefits, poor management of mental and physical health among others.
The minister stated that the sacrifices of the service personnel were appreciated by the government, adding that commendable efforts have been made in the area of security.
“Security has been a problem in this country, things were going from bad to good at one time, now it is from good to better and I think very soon the Nigerian people will be very happy with the progress of things,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai, has approved the new postings and appointments of some senior officers in the Nigerian Army to the new ranks.
Colonel Sagir Musa, the acting director of Army public relations, made this known in a statement made available on Monday, December 16, adding that all the appointments take immediate effect.
With the new postings, Maj Gen EO Ogunkale from Command Army Record Lokoja has been redeployed to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Defence Standards and Evaluation.
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