President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action to ensure the immediate payment of insurance entitlements to the families of officers and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. This announcement was made by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, during the opening of the Combined Second and Third Quarters COAS Conference in Abuja.
The conference was attended by army field commanders and heads of institutions and establishments, reflecting the importance placed on the welfare of our troops and their families. Lagbaja emphasized the significance of this commitment and pledged to strengthen existing welfare arrangements to enhance the well-being of our troops and their families, allowing them to stay dedicated to their duties.
As part of these efforts, plans include the provision of suitable living quarters for personnel and the introduction of the ‘Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers Scheme’ to offer affordable, high-quality post-service housing. In addition, injured soldiers will receive the best medical care, and support for the widows and next-of-kin of fallen heroes will continue.
Lagbaja expressed appreciation for President Tinubu’s prompt directive to expedite pending insurance payments to the families of our fallen heroes and commended his strategic guidance to the Armed Forces.
Furthermore, the COAS urged army personnel to maintain their collaborative efforts with other security agencies to effectively address the country’s security challenges. He outlined his Command Philosophy, which focuses on transforming the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, well-equipped, and highly motivated force to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.
The Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj.-Gen. Abdulsalam Ibrahim, highlighted the purpose of the conference, which aims to allow officers to assess the state of affairs of the Nigerian army and develop plans for future engagements. It also serves as a platform for the COAS to convey his command philosophy to field commanders and heads of institutions and establishments.
Despite challenges, the Nigerian army’s kinetic and non-kinetic operations have achieved remarkable success. The conference provided an opportunity to reflect on these achievements and to evaluate operations and activities in the second and third quarters of the year to align future plans with overall goals.
Additionally, during the event, eight Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) from various army units and formations were presented with new Toyota Hilux vehicles, further highlighting the commitment to the well-being and effectiveness of our armed forces.