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Defence minister inaugurates committee over Security Allowance

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi has inaugurated a 9-man Committee to look into demands of retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for payment of Security Debarment Allowances, (SDA.

General Magashi said inauguration of the Committee was in fulfilment of a promise made last month, to veterans.

The Minister said the welfare of Military retirees was dear to the heart of the Commder-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The implementation of the Manual of Financial Administration (MAFA) which came into effect on 9th November 2017 and Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service 2017 are testimonies to the sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the livelihood of the serving and retired Military personnel, he said.

General Magashi, challenged the Committee to be guided by the 1999 Constitution, Manual of Financial Administration and other relevant documents, and gave six terms of references.

They include the determination of the level of implementation of MAFA with respect to the payment of SDA and other welfare issues affecting Veterans; to determine whether or not the SDA should be paid to any category of retirees outside the scope of the specified policy approval date of 9th November 2017; and to determine the effective date of the payment of the SDA where the option of payment is reviewed and adopted.

Others terms are to determine the applicable annual total enrolment(ATE) to be used for each benefiting retiree and to suggest to the Ministry other ways to solve grievances of Veterans over the implementation of the SDA and other welfare matters.

Chairman of the 9- man Committee, Rear Admiral Obi Ofodile assured that National interest would not be compromised

The Committee held its inaugural session immediately after inauguration.

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