From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Retired Army, Navy and Air Force Officers (RANAO) Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to improve on the welfare of retired soldiers in the country.
The National President of the Association ,Maj.General Axinda Mshelbwala made the call during the 32nd anniversary of the association held in Kaduna yesterday.
The retired general said the soldiers served the country diligently protecting the people and its territories, adding that some even paid the supreme price with their lives.
He explained that the way the country can appreciate them is to take the issues of their welfare serious.
General Mshelbwala said the welfare of the retired soldiers is not limited to their pension alone rather on issues that affects their medical and accommodation .
He commended the Federal Government for including them in the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS but said treatment for some the ailments affecting the soldiers are not listed on the scheme.
He further said some of them are carrying old wounds sustained during services years and as they are getting older the wounds are resurfacing and must be treated.
General Mshelbwala encouraged soldiers who are still in active services to ensure that they put in their best to the service of their mother land.
In his remark, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Association ,General Zamani Lekwot said the called by the Guest speaker for the establishment of a Ministry that will look after the elderly people is a welcome development.
He said the association will put its think tank together and find a way of passing such suggestion to the government.