Ministry Of Defence Disperses Cheques To Beneficiaries Of Armed Force Members Killed In Battle
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), yesterday presented various cheques to next-of-kin of the deceased officers and men of the armed forces who died in battle last year.
Magashi personally presented the monies to all of the 184 beneficiaries of the slain armed force members.
He said the funds were to help them settle down, adding that the government could not compensate them adequately for the loss of their loved ones.
“We will continue to pursue the welfare of those in battle front and the families of the deceased
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“We are here to ensure the welfare and progress of your children especially in the area of their education,”
Earlier the Director, Human Resources, Ministry of Defence, Mrs Juwaretu Olumoko, disclosed that the scheme was in line with the determination and commitment of the government to cater for the families of deceased personnel. According to her, the amended act of the contributory pension of 2011 excluded the armed forces from the contributory pension fund.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Cashmere Ndifon, son of one of the fallen heroes, thanked the government for remembering them. He prayed that the effort of their loved ones who fought and are still fighting would not be in vain.