The Honourable Minister of Defence, Muhammad Mansur Dan-Ali yesterday held a ministerial press briefing to herald the commencement of activities scheduled for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration 2017. The theme “Appreciating the Resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces” is chosen to provide another unique opportunity to reflect and appreciate the sacrifices by members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards nation building, particularly in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East. The occasion also provided an opportunity to highlight major milestones recorded by the current democratic government in the effort to alleviate the plight of families of fallen heroes and military retirees. Notable feats in this regards include harmonization of military pensions, introduction of biometric identity card and expansion of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to include retirees.
The newly launched Military Pensions Board identity card offers a number of benefits to the holders. Personal details and record of service of retirees are ingrained on the card carrying microchip thus eliminating the burden of having to carry paper documents around for Military Pension Verification Exercise, as well as the danger associated with the loss of these documents. The card, which was presented to some of the retirees at the occasion, can also be used on ATM and POS terminals to undertake diverse transactions.
Meanwhile, the HMOD has urged corporate organizations and private individuals to identity with the forthcoming AFRDC celebration. Speaking at the occasion, the Defence Minister stated that “the Federal Government looks forward to every citizens, both in the public and private sectors, to appreciate the sacrifice, courage and patriotism of the Armed Forces by offering necessary support and contributions to the Year 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.”
As usual, other activities lined up to commemorate the 2017 AFRDC include the Nigerian Legion Humanitarian Day, emblem launch, interdenominational church service, jumat prayers and wreath laying ceremony.