2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Why FG must review welfare of serving personnel, retirees – Sen Gyang

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Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang has appealed to the Federal Government to use the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day to review the welfare of serving officers and men as well as retirees, “including dead benefits and wellbeing of surviving families”.

He also said as the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, the Committee will initiate and engage necessary legislative interventions to further equip and empower the Armed Forces “to effectively undertake and deliver on their clearly defined constitutional responsibility”.

Gyang disclosed this through his Special Adviser Media and Protocol, Ibrahim Musa Ashoms, on the occasion of the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, commemorated across the country.

He said, “As the nation marks the 2020 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, I salute officers and men of the Armed Forces and veterans alike who placed their lives on the line to secure the lives of citizens and preserve the territorial integrity of the nation.

According to him, “From the battlefields of the Civil War to the ongoing war against insurgency in the North-East and other numerous Internal Security Operations across the nation, the Armed Forces have continued to play the much needed stabilizing constitutional role.

Gyang noted that, “In remembering the service of our officers and men in the frontlines, including those that had to pay the supreme price, the nation owes the living and families of the dead a responsibility to ensure that their labour and sacrifices do not go unnoticed.

He added that, “the Remembrance Day event is an opportunity to review the welfare regime of serving officers and men and retirees, including dead benefits and wellbeing of surviving families.

The Lawmaker who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, maintained that, “As the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, we will initiate and engage necessary legislative interventions to further equip and empower the Armed Forces to effectively undertake and deliver on their clearly defined constitutional responsibility”, he stressed.

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