Retired military officers appeal for payment of outstanding pension arrears

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ABUJA – Retired Army, Navy and Air Force Officers’ Association (RANAO), on Monday appealed to Federal Government to pay their outstanding arrears of the 53 per cent increase in from 2010.

The President of the association, Lt. Col. Tony Ogbomo, made the plea at the inauguration of the newly elected RANAO executives in Abuja.

He urged the government to harmonise their of their colleagues in service.

The president also called for review of supervising organs for welfare of veterans, explaining this would help to transform the lives of veterans in the country.

He said the Nigerian Legion Act should be implemented to the letter.

“The Veterans Affairs Department in the ministry of Defence should be reorganised into a more effective and efficient welfare-oriented establishment to be headed by a retired officer.

“ The department should also be manned by retirees and discharged personnel.

“The Pensions Board should be restructured to allow for a mixture of both active and retired personnel in its to ensure check and balance and flow of information’’, he said.

Ogbomo said veterans’ should be brought one umbrella body – the Nigerian Veterans Federation or Veterans Federation of Nigeria.

He appealed to all to support RANAO to ensure “the labours of heroes past shall never be in vain.’’

“Please join us to sustain our meritorious retirement, ‘’ Ogbomo added

The outgoing president of the association, Maj.-Gen Rabiu Alliu, urged members to work the new executive to move it forward

The new executive committee was elected on 22, in Kaduna during the association’s 27th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Members of the committee include: Maj.-Gen Alexander Mshebwala), National Vice President; Lt. Col. Ralph Ugwo, Secretary-General and Brig.-Gen. James Adejo, Treasurer. (NAN)