President Bola Tinubu has approved N18 billion for the payment of the Group Life Assurance benefits and other entitlements to the families of deceased soldiers.
Tinubu made the disclosure at the launch of the Emblem and Appeal Fund for the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held recently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The president acknowledged that the country owed a debt of gratitude to its gallant troops, who have risen to the challenge of securing the country.
Tinubu said, “In appreciation of the sacrifices of the men and women of our armed forces, and to underscore this government’s commitment to their welfare, I have approved the sum of N18 billion for the payment of their Group Life Assurance.
“The payment will also cater for the benefits and other entitlements to the families of service members who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Tinubu charges businesses to support service personnel
Speaking further, Tinubu said, “I also call on businesses to key into this patriotic spirit and support our service personnel, whether in the form of preferential treatment, discounts, or rebates on goods and services.”
The president also noted, “It’s a commitment that we must take seriously. Our foremost objective is to provide a conducive environment, free from threats and criminalities, to enable all who reside within our borders to thrive and live in peace.”
Tinubu promised to do more. He said, “As a government, we will continue to prioritise the provision of quality healthcare services to our esteemed veterans and citizens.”
He commended the Nigerian Legion, “To continue in this spirit and as its Grand Patron, I wish to pledge my full support and that of the federal government.”
The Nigerian Legion is under the coordination and supervision of the Ministry of Defence.
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