Defence Minister Calls for more Engagements with Veterans

The Minister of Defence, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, has called for more engagements between the Ministry and the Military Veterans Welfare Committee in order to be able to take care of their needs.

The Minister said this when he received a report on the Military Veterans Welfare Committee from the Veterans in Ship House, Abuja.

Badaru, in a statement by the Ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Henshaw Ogubike said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appreciates the Military for laying their lives for peace and security of Nigeria, adding that nothing would be to much to support them.

“We are passionate about the welfare of the Veterans. We will work with you to overcome the problems. We will look at the document for further engagements and sort for further ideas. I assure you that we will follow it religiously. Let us keep engaging for the better welfare of the Veterans,” he said.

Speaking on way forward, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, mni said that there was no more intervention budget and that since the 2024 budget has been submitted to the National Assembly for approval, they needed to engage with National Assembly for a way out.

“Mr. President wants everything to be budgeted for. I advise you to engage with the National Assembly so that something can be done,”he advised the Committee.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Military Veterans Welfare Committee, Air Commodore Olufemi Oguntunyi (Rtd.) thanked the Minister for authorizing the formation of the Committee and for giving them a listening ear to their report.

“This is the first time we are asked to submit our challenges in a report form. We have done that and we have put it in executive summary, with that, all these agitations will not come up again,” he assured the Minister.

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