320 Nigerian military personnel to retire

Air Vice Marshal Austine Jekenu, Commandant, Nigerian Armed Forces
Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) has announced that a total of 320 military
personnel will retire next week.

Jekenu told newsmen at the centre in Oshodi, Lagos on Wednesday 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 the retiring servicemen went through months of intensive
training on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship at NAFRC.

He added that the training was to prepare the retirees for life 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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