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COAS reiterates Army’s commitment to welfare of retired personnel

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COAS reiterates Army’s commitment to welfare of retired personnel

Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), stated on Friday that the Nigerian Army was committed to improving the welfare of its retired and discharged officers.

Yahaya revealed this in a heartfelt speech to the 14 retired officers of the Nigerian Army’s 1 Division who were honored at a send-off ceremony and regimental supper last night.

Maj.-Gen. Aminu Chinade, Commandant Depot, Nigeria Army, represented the COAS at the event.

He explained that the reason for the event was to provide all officers who had served the army and the country honorably and were retiring from active duty a proper send-off ceremony.

According to him, retirement is an unavoidable part of every military personnel’s life and signifies the end of active duty to the country.

In his words, “I must commend you all for the remarkable achievement you made while in active service to the nation.

“I wish to also assure you that Nigerian Army remained grateful for the service you rendered in the defence of our fatherland.

“I will like to take this opportunity to inform you of ongoing efforts to re-engage the services of our qualified retired and discharged personnel in order to continue to benefit from your wealth of priceless experience and professionalism garnered over the years.

“The army is still open to your invaluable contributions towards attaining her constitutional mandate and would always welcome your support in that regard.”

The retired officers were briefed by Yahaya that army medical facilities and other welfare institutions were accessible to them in various barracks and cantonments across the country.

He urged them to uphold their oaths of allegiance by protecting Nigeria’s territorial integrity, even as retired officers.

Maj.-Gen. Mahmud Yarima (rtd), the Guest of Honor, also stressed the importance of retirement in the lives of all military personnel.

Former Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Yarima, said retirement was a milestone worth commemorating.

He warned retirees about how to use their benefits, warning that fraudsters were on the lookout for people to defraud.

COAS reiterates Army’s commitment to welfare of retired personnel

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