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Debarment Allowance: Retired military veterans withdraw from planned protest
Defence Minister at the meeting with reps of retired Military Officers & Soldiers Associations

By Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja

Following the meeting held between executive members of the retired military veterans comprised of ex-soldiers and officers and the Minister of Defence Maj Gen, Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) in Abuja on Thursday, the retired military veterans have called off their planned strike scheduled for August 13, next week.

The borne of contention according to the Veterans had been that they were unjustifiably excluded from the payment of the Security Debarment Allowance (SDA) aimed at preventing retired personnel from using the knowledge and skills acquired while in the service against the state.

At the meeting with the minister, they appealed for inclusion in the payment of the SDA, arguing that they too met the required criteria to be paid having acquired knowledge and skills while in the service.

Other issues raised by the Veterans are the need to address the wide gap between the Pensions of the Brigadier Generals and the Major Generals and incremental issue as a result of the increase in the Minimum wage.

Also discussed was the issue of restricted NHIS for the Veterans and the need to institute burial support for the Veterans.

This was contrary to the allegations in some quarters in the media that the Minister is too busy to attend to the grievances of the veteran groups until 2021.

The meeting which was held against the background of maintaining an “Open door policy” in the management of the Military Veteran Affairs had in attendance all concerned parties.

The interface had on the side of the Minister’s team, the Permanent Secretary Ministry Defence Sabi’u Zakari, Director Joint Services Department Mrs Olu Mustapha, Principal General Staff Officer (PGSO) Brig Gen Auwal Fage, and Special Adviser (Technical) to the Defence Minister Maj Gen Ahmed Tijani Jibrin (rtd).

Also in attendane at the crucial meeting with the representatives of the Veteran Association was the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Gabriel Abayomi olonisakin, Chief of Defence Account and Budget Maj Gen Jahadi Ezra Jakko, Chairman Military Pensions Board Maj Gen A.B Adamu and the Director Veteran Affairs Defence Headquarters.

On the side of the retired soldiers and officers were the leaders of the Nigerian Legion, Veterans Federation of Nigeria (VFN) Coalition of Concerned Veterans (CCV) and the Retired Army, Navy and Airforce. Officers (RANAO).

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister of Defence who is also a member of the Veterans said the issue of SDA shouldn’t be a reason to protest pointing out that the provision in the Manual of the Financial Administration for the Armed Forces is clear.

The Minister encouraged all Veterans to continue to support the leadership of the country as Government is genuinely interested in improving the welfare of all retired Military personnel who served the nation meritoriously.

While briefing the meeting, the Chief of Account and Budget Defence Headquarters Major General Jakko recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari signed and approved SDA on the 24th February 2018 but backdated the policy to take effect from 9th November 2017 payable to all personnel on retirement pointing out that the policy does not cover the agitating Veterans who retired before this date.

The Minister who played the role of arbiter, however, directed the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin to take a look at the issues presented by the Veterans with a view to addressing their concerns..

However, a 5- Five-point resolution was endorsed by all the representatives of the veteran groups as follows:

The Minister who played the role of arbiter, however, directed the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin to take a look at the issues presented by the Veterans with a view to addressing their concerns.

The veterans appreciated the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari, Hon Minister Of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff for their concern in improving the welfare of retirees especially the harmonisation of the pensioners.

The meeting decried the result by some veteran bodies to the use of Social Media, threat to protest to channel their grievances instead of following the laid down procedures.

More importantly, It also resolved to finding creative ways of addressing the expressed concerns of the veterans with regards to the issues of Security Debarment Allowance (SDA) and other welfare issues to which the Chairman Military Pensions Board Maj Gen A.B Adamu, the Gen Secretary Nigerian Legion, Group Captain Kayode Abe (Rtd) and the Spokesperson for the Coalition of the Concerned Veterans, Abiodun Durowaye Albert’s.

The Veterans agreed with the submission of the Minister of Defence that the spirit of esprit-de-corps, respect for seniors and Military discipline should be maintained by the Veterans despite all grievances While Veteran bodies resolved to synergize for amicable resolutions of issues of common interest,

The Minister of Defence in his remarks encouraged all Veterans to continue to support the leadership of the country as Government is genuinely interested in improving the welfare of all retired Military personnel who served the nation meritoriously.

Consequently, the outcome of the meeting finally laid to rest the threats by Veterans to embark on peaceful protest.

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