Ex- Soldiers plans protest over unpaid entitlements
Retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces under the auspices of Military Veteran Affairs have revealed plans to stage a protest in Abuja and state capitals across the country, over failure of the military to pay up three main outstanding entitlements, including the balance of 2017/2018 arrears.
This was disclosed in a statement, where the retirees accused the authorities of being insensitive on their issues, stressing that they are left with no other option than to embark on the protest.
Other grievances listed include; minimum wage consequential adjustment as well as its arrears dating from April 2019, requesting relevant authorities to furnish them with information on the modality for the payment of Security Department Allowance, health insurance scheme to cover treatment of services related injuries and disabilities among others.
The veterans’ spokesperson, Abiodun Durowaiye Herbert’s while Speaking on their efforts to draw attention to their grievance said, “we met Maj. Gen. LF Abdullahi, Director of Veterans Affairs, on July 21.
“We were told by the DVAD of three separate committees that had been set up to look into various areas of veterans welfare even before our letter to the HMOD got to him, stressing that our planned action come 1st week of August may stall efforts to get positive results arising from the welfare plans by the current administration”, he said.
“So, I, on behalf of our team asked the General: “How could they set up 3 committees to better our welfare, yet we are not aware of it and we are also not represented in those 3 committees?” Nevertheless, he said mobilization for the protest scheduled for August is still on.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News