18 December 2012

Nigeria: FG Approves Health Insurance for Retired Military Personnel

Lagos — Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who disclosed this at the weekend during the graduation ceremony of 308 military personnel who recently completed their six months post service training at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Lagos, said President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the inclusion of retired military personnel in the scheme.

He said the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that service personnel are properly resettled after a meritorious service to the country.

"The government also reached out to the private sector for collaboration on the means of improving the lives of personnel," he said.

He maintained that the current security challenges in the country are surmountable, adding, "We have worked together to build a nation of our dreams, and we must work hard to preserve it."

Badeh said he intends to employ some retired personnel for his new project aimed at building a self reliant and highly professional force.

"I intend to achieve this through purposeful training and result oriented research. That means that some of you who I know are well trained could be called upon to render some services even in retirement on a contract basis," he said.

Earlier, commandant of the centre, Air Vice Marshal Moses Akisanmi, said the centre has trained the personnel on necessary entrepreneurial skills required for gainful employment as the bow out of the armed forces.

"I am optimistic that the discipline which you have imbibed in the military and the rich grooming imparted into you at this centre will help you if you remain focused," he said.

Akcisanmi advised them to be prudent in their expenditures.

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