CDS to troops: We’re committed to your welfare, capacity building

 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa has reassured military personnel of the government’s commitment to improved welfare and capacity development.

He reiterated that the government of President Bola Tinubu was working towards enhanced salaries, allowances and operational support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria, urging the personnel to always protect innocent civilians and respect their rights.

Gen Musa spoke at his maiden visit to the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) in Oshodi, Lagos, on Monday, where he emphasised the center’s significance in preparing troops for retirement.

“I want all of you to hold your heads very high, be proud of who you are as members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Whether they like it or not, we will continue to succeed, “Nigeria will continue to survive, and no evil shall befall any of us. Is that clear? We must continue to do the right thing, we must avoid anything that puts our name in dispute, anything illegal. 

“I promise you, as long as I remain the Chief of Defence Staff, I will safeguard the welfare, training, and wellbeing of our personnel,” he said.

Expressing gratitude for their service to the nation, Musa noted the importance of equipping retiring personnel with skills for reintegration to civil life.

He acknowledged the challenges in transitioning from military to civilian roles, commending NAFRC for its role in making such transitions less traumatic through the provision of opportunities for new skills for retiring personnel.

“We realize that before joining the military, we were civilians. If you’re lucky, you serve for 35 years in the system. We prepare them for the future because on retirement, it’s a different ball game entirely, and that’s why we want them to be happier than when they were in service.

“This center gives them the opportunity to learn skills they are not used to. Over time, they’ve been trained in shooting and other military tasks. Now, they have to think of the future, and this is what this center presents to them: the ability to prepare for the future,” he said.

On complaints by soldiers about overstaying at various theatres of operations, the CDS promised that rotation would be adhered to in order to prevent prolonged deployments.

Responding to questions about restoring peace, particularly in the Okuama community of Delta state, Gen. Musa reiterated the military’s commitment to protecting civilians and targeting criminal elements. 

He emphasised professionalism, respect for human rights, and accountability for any misconduct among personnel.

He acknowledged the government’s support for military development and the collective efforts of commanders to address security challenges nationwide.

Earlier, NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Herbert Adeniyi Amensilola, thanked the CDS for visiting the centre and for his continued support to NAFRC.

He sought further support to ensure that NAFRC continues to meet global trends and maintains its status as a first class training institution