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Army Chief of Staff reaffirms commitment to welfare of personnel


ABUJA – The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has reaffirmed his commitment to improve the welfare of Nigerian Army personnel.

This is contained in statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja  by Col. Rabe Abubakar, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs Nigerian Army Welfare Limited and Guarantee.

The statement said that Minimah made this known during the second quarter, Nigerian Army Welfare Insurance Scheme (NAWIS) Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting, held at the Headquarters of 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu.

Represented by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian Army Welfare Limited and Guarantee, Maj.-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji, the COAS emphasised that welfare and training were the motivating factors for any military force.

Kwaji, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Army Welfare Insurance (NAWIS), said that the army would continue to provide the best welfare for its officers and men to achieve the desired vision and mission of the COAS.

“It has become necessary for us to meet on quarterly basis because of the direct involvement of NAWIS in the operation currently ongoing on in the North East.

“This has made it imperative to review the operations and activities of NAWIS regularly to meet service needs of our officers and men. [eap_ad_1] “NAWIS  is involve directly because we have to make payments immediately to the families of deceased service personnel that unfortunately have been victims of the ongoing operation against the terrorists.’’

Kwaji, therefore, urged the members to come up with more proactive measures in order to re-strategies to meet the challenges.

He also advised the members to be open minded while deliberating at the conference.

Earlier, the Managing Director of the NAWIS, Col. Samson Jiya, informed the conference that the agency had worked assiduously to improve the existing welfare services in the Army.

Jiya said that the welfare included the reduction of the suffering of officers, soldiers and their dependants in the events of sudden death, those killed in action, retirement and permanent disabilities,

He said the welfare also served as a motivating factor for services personnel in the discharge of their duties, especially those serving in the operation in the North East against the terrorists.

“He further stated that the agency has achieved tremendous success in line with its established mandate.

“He pointed out that some challenges ranging from incomplete documents, and improper documentation of personnel normally became a problem in processing benefits of affected personnel.

“The NAWIS boss appealed to the members to always assist the scheme in carrying out its duties.’’

The participants at the conference paid a courtesy call on the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army Maj.-Gen. Shehu Yusuf.

It listed those dignitaries at the conference to include Maj.-Gen.  Obashina Ogunbiyi, Corp Commander Medical Services of Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. B.M. Ibrahim, representative of the COAS, and representaives of Divisional Headquarters. (NAN)


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