A total of162 Soldiers have Been Disengaged from the Military.
This followed their three months training at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) to prepare them for reintegration into civilian life.
The retirees which included seven women, is made up of 81 from the Nigeria Army, 69 from the Navy and 12 from Air Force.
Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) also underwent the post-service training with the Trainees Course 02/2020 Stream II.
This brings the total equipped with vocational and entrepreneurship skills since the inception of NAFRC to over 48,000 personnel.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin clarified, at the graduation, the pre-retirement course was to avail the retiring personnel requisite basics for a successful reintegration into civil life, after a merit worthy service to the country.
According to him, their successful completion of the intensive training only shows their determination, commitment and discipline, which were attributes acquired in the course of their active service to their fatherland.
He admonished the retirees on the need to invest their retirement benefits wisely and avoid wasteful spending, the CDS equally cautioned them on the need to manage their freedom properly.
His words: “You will from now on take full charge as planners and executors of your personal daily activities. This may sound exciting and promising but beware; you need to properly manage your freedom in order to be successful.
“The society will expect a high moral standard and discipline from you. You will also be required to always prove your worth after passing through a highly disciplined system like the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“As our ambassadors, I believe you are all capable of excelling in your future endeavours and positively influence your environment for the economic, social and political benefits of our dear country.
“It is equally necessary for me to inform our discharging colleagues that Post-Service life has its peculiar challenges. Some of these challenges you may encounter would include but not limited to management of resources especially, retirement benefits, influences from friends and family members, management of both mental and physical health as well as integrating with the civil society.
“Therefore, I urge you to be proactive in your conduct in order to avoid or overcome these challenges. It is also risky for you to embark on a new life style that is above your means, or engage in non-lucrative ventures. Neither should you abstain from physical exercises.
“I am sure that your training here has exposed you to several vocational opportunities, entrepreneurship procedures and general management skills to alleviate the above mentioned pit falls in order to have a stress-free and meaningful life in retirement.
“In this light, I urge you to employ the various instructions and skills you have acquired while undergoing NAFRC training for peaceful and productive economic life as you reintegrate into the Nigerian civil society,” said Olonisakin.
NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Isiaka Amao, said the centre has evolved over the years to a choice destination for agro and vocational skills training centre.
He explained from it’s mandate of training wounded or incapacitated soldiers of war, NAFRC today now offers managerial and entrepreneurial courses for mid-level and senior career officers.
Amao clarified residents of Mushin and Ikorodu, Lagos as well as youths across military barracks in the country have equally gained from various vocational trainings offered by NAFRC.
Said he: "The centre’s Agric wing has conducted trainings and cultivated several economic and vegetables farms in the Nigerian Army Cantonment, Ojo, Nigerian Air Force Base, Ikeja and Navy Town, Ojo. This same gesture has also been extended to several military formations in Abuja, Kaduna, Bauchi, Makurdi and Plateau states.
“The training will provide beneficiaries with skills of self income sustenance, earn meaningful income while keeping positively engaged. This enables them to contribute meaningfully to their various societies, thus reducing crimes, criminality as well as other vices from our society. These are deliberate steps towards building a greater Nigeria.
“The retiring personnel resumed at the centre on October 2, where they undertook a documentation and medical examination in line with the Covid-19 protocols.
“Thereafter, they were exposed to orientation from various departments and workshops, referred to as workshop selling, from where they identified viable workshops of their choice to sign in.
“The workshops included auto mechanics, fine arts, Information Technology, ceramics, photography, plumbing, music, refrigerator, air conditioning, baking, among others,” he said.
He pledged the commitment of the centre to exploring ways and means to enhancing the process of teaching, learning to produce better citizens for the develoment of a greater nation.
He spoke: “To optimise this objective we are focused on developing staff capacity, enhancing the extant processing and upholding the centre’s physical, social and infrastructural system."