By Muhammadu Sabiu
President Bola Tinubu has issued a directive for the immediate settlement of insurance entitlements owed to the families of officers and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the nation.
This directive, which underscores the government’s commitment to the welfare of its armed forces, was announced by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, during the opening of the Combined Second and Third Quarters COAS Conference on Tuesday in Abuja. Lt.-Gen.
Lagbaja emphasised the paramount importance of the welfare of troops and their families, pledging to strengthen existing welfare arrangements to improve the well-being of both active service members and their loved ones.
He outlined several key initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of military personnel and their families, including the provision of suitable living quarters and the introduction of the ‘Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers Scheme’ to provide affordable, high-quality post-service homes.
Furthermore, the Chief of Army Staff assured that the Nigerian Army would prioritise the medical care of injured soldiers and continue to support the widows and next-of-kin of those who had fallen in service to the nation.
Lt.-Gen. Lagbaja expressed deep appreciation to President Tinubu for his directive to promptly settle all pending insurance payments owed to the families of deceased servicemen and for his strategic guidance of the Armed Forces.
He took the opportunity to reiterate the unwavering loyalty and commitment of the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to the defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This directive and the commitment of the Armed Forces leadership underline the government’s recognition of the sacrifices made by its military personnel and their families, affirming its dedication to their well-being and the nation’s security.