Nigerian military to retire 320 next week

No fewer than 320 military personnel will retire from the armed forces next week; Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Air Vice Marshal Austine Jekenu, told newsmen at the centre in Oshodi, Lagos on Wednesday.


Jekenu said that the retiring military men were drawn from the Army, the Air Force and the Navy.

“A total of 320 servicemen comprising of 262 from the Nigerian Army, 44 from the Nigerian Navy and 14 from the Nigerian Air Force would be graduating from the NAFRC,’’ he said.

Jekenu said that the retiring servicemen have gone through months of intensive training on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship at NAFRC as part of the training in preparation for life in retirement after military service.

According to him, the centre has the mandate to provide necessary training geared towards preparing retiring servicemen for reintegration into civil life.


He said that the initiative was to enable the beneficiaries adjust and appropriately blend with the peculiarities of retirement and contribute actively to national economy as worthy civilians.

Jekenu urged all the retiring servicemen to positively contribute to boost national economy in whatever business they engaged in.

“The centre graduates 2 courses annually and it is on record that we have trained over 41, 000 ex-servicemen of the Nigerian Armed Forces since its inception,” he said.

The commandant, who said that the passing out ceremony for the course participants would hold on June 22, added that the Minister for Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, would grace the occasion.

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