President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Armed Forces Council, which ratified the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised) Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017 and Harmonized Terms and Condition of Service Soldiers/Rating/Airmen (Revised).
Speaking to State House correspondents Thursday after the inauguration of the council, Minister of Defence, retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali, said the council was inaugurated by the President to consider matters of great concern to the armed forces.
He said the last meeting of the council was held on July 17, 2014, during the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan-led administration.
“The Armed Forces Council was convened which had not been done since the inception of this administration. The last council’s meeting that was done was in 2014. It reviewed terms and conditions of service for officers and soldiers.
“It reviewed some of the retirement benefits for officers and soldiers including Defence Policy which has been obsolete since 2006, we reviewed it and discussed and reached final conclusion on them,” he said..
He said ratification of the documents would enable the Armed Forces cope with the ever changing contemporary security challenges.
He said the documents would help to enhance welfare, command, discipline and administration of the Armed Forces as well as policy framework governing the conduct of security and defence in Nigeria.