From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Retired soldiers under the aegis of the ‘Nigerian Legion’ has appealed to Nigeria Army to consider their children while recruiting
Just as they cried over ‘token sums being paid to them by the federal government as monthly pensions,’ decred that the money was insufficient.
The newly elected Bauchi state chairman of the legion, Idris Danjuma Ningi made this lamentation yesterday when he led his executive council members to a courtesy visit to the Commander Garrison of the 33 artillery brigade Bauchi Christopher Ugwu at the ‘Shadawanka Barracks’.
The chairman of the Nigerian legion called on the Nigerian army to consider the unemployed children of the ex- officers whenever they are recruiting as a way of rewarding the retired soldiers.
Ningi who disclosed that some of the ex-officers receive the meagre amounts of 20, 000 0r N30, 000 as pension complained that apart from being too small, the pension funds were not being paid in time to his members, ‘the matter the inflicts hardship and serious financial predicament to the retired soldiers who were now unable to cater for their needs’.
‘’ It is unfortunate that the ex-service men who sacrificed themselves to keep the country united and secured are not being rewarded now. Some of us receive as little as N20, 000 or N30, 000 as pensions which is not enough for us to take care of our families,’’he decried.
He appealed to the authorities concerned to consider their challenges and increase the pensions with a view to improving their plights.
Responding, the Garrison Commander, Christopher Ugwu expressed appreciation to the members of the Nigerian Legion for the visit and promised to channel their requests to the appropriate authorities.