President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the sum of N18.4billion to clear the backlog of the group life assurance claim to families of military personnel who had died in combat since 2011.

According to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja who gave the revelation in Enugu, the President has approved N18.4 billion to clear the backlog and this payment would be carried out by the force.

His words: “ President Tinubu has taken it upon himself to address the backlog of severance packages to our colleagues.

“You must have heard it, over and over again, that he has approved payment of the backlog of the group life assurance claim to families of our departed colleagues that had been outstanding since 2011.

“So, he had approved N18.4 billion to clear that backlog. That will be done.”

The Chief of Army Staff also charged Troops of the Nigerian Army to remain loyal, disciplined and dedicated.adding that this, would ensure elimination of all forms of criminality in the country.

Lagbaja cautioned troops during his operational visit to the Headquarters of 82 Division of the Nigerian army. against being swayed by fabricated social media lies and misinformation, adding: “You should not allow dissident/criminal groups to indoctrinate you to do wrong things and take wrong decisions”.

The COAS noted that the Nigerian army remained an embodiment of discipline, noting that it would not tolerate any soldier or officer flaunting the constituted rule and law of their host community or state.

Lagbaja also said the army held the welfare of its troops and their families to a very high esteem, adding that it had prompted the inauguration of various projects with the headquarters and the Abakpa Military Cantonment.

He noted that President Bola Tinubu, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was also working to ensure that the officers and soldiers’ welfare remained top priority.

According to him, in line with my command philosophy, one of the pillars which is sound administration; the army High Command is poised to carry out massive renovations in our barracks nationwide.

“We are also addressing challenges that affect young families – we are talking about Command Secondary School, Command Primary School, water supply in our barracks, electricity and even the welfare of families of our departed colleagues.

The COAS noted that the army on its own had instituted a Group Personnel Accident Insurance to cover the gap, in the event that soldiers deployed on operations, perhaps within Enugu, or any other place were involved in an accident.

“Then, the insurance company will pay claims. We are doing all these to cater for your welfare and wellbeing.

“However, as the saying goes, to whom much is given; much is expected. So, my charge to you is to remain loyal to the Constitution of Nigeria and the government of the day,” he said.

The army chief warned army personnel not to engage in illegal duties or get involved in civil matters that does not have bearing or connection to their official duties, adding: “The army is too busy to engage in frivolities”.

High points of the COAS visit included the unveiling of the remodeled Headquarters, 82 Division Office Complex and face lift of its major offices and visitor’s room.

The COAS also inaugurated the renovated Block 12 and 13 accommodations for corporals and gave keys to its new occupants; conducted ground breaking of officers’ transit accommodation and inaugurated the new Dragon Officers’ Mess all in Abakpa Military Cantonment, Enugu

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