FG includes Military officers in NHIS
The Federal Government has been commended on the inclusion of retired Military personnels into the National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS). This laudable decision by government is a clear indication that the country deeply appreciates the services of the Military personnel.
The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro said this over the weekend at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Lagos, during the Passing out ceremony of over 400 military personnel who were said to have voluntarily asked to be retired from the Nigerian Military after putting in 35 years in service to their fatherland.
Senator Obanikoro also confirmed that government was not relenting in its efforts to ensure that retirement life is made pleasurable for retired military personnel, while also assuring that the President Goodluck Jonathan led administration has reaffirmed its commitment to the welfare and wellness of the military by ensuring that service personnel are properly resettled after their gallant and meritorious service to their fatherland. The Minster in the same vein, urged them to be good ambassadors of the military where ever they choose to spend the rest of their retirement life through acts and attitudes that will foster and ensure peace and tranquility, love and unity of the Nigerian State as one indivisible Entity.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks,the Commandant of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC ) Oshodi, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan said that steps are already in the offing to enlarge the scope of the resettlement programme of the centre to cover both the military and para - military personnel in the country after the necessary passage of the bill as an executive bill. This he said will allow the Centre to train not only the other cadre of military and para-military service, but also officers in pre -retirement managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
It was a very colourful passing out parade, full of emotions and farewell to fellow military officers.