Tinubu includes ex-servicemen, widows, dependents of fallen heroes in Social Register

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The federal government has included vulnerable ex-servicemen, widows, and dependents of fallen heroes in the National Social Register to benefit from the Conditional Cash Transfer and other social intervention programs.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, according to a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Olanrewaju Zubair, disclosed this during an official visit to the Ministry of Defense Headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.

“Edu said the federal government has expanded the welfare scheme to accommodate ex-servicemen, their widows, and dependents in fulfillment of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise to Nigerians.

“The Minister said the new innovation became necessary to include those who paid the Supreme Price for the Sustenance of the Peace of the Country and their dependents to serve as a morale booster for those currently securing the country,” the statement read.

She sought the accurate data of the affected ex-servicemen and their dependents to enable them to be captured in the ongoing national social register verification.

“This scheme is in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda, and I am here to inform you that the program has been expanded to accommodate retired personnel of the Ministry of Defense, mostly families of those who lost their lives in the course of defending the country.

“Their wives can use this to start small businesses that will help their children stay in school, provide basic health care, and even sustain their families. Of course, your Excellency, this guest show is not only for the 75,000 in their household,” she added.

The Minister said the federal government has created the Government Enterprise Empowerment Program (GEEP), which is geared towards helping small businesses and boosting the welfare of Nigerian market women and farmers, which the ex-servicemen and widows can key into.

Dr. Edu equally called on the Ministry of Defense to collaborate with the Humanitarian Ministry to ensure President Bola Ahmed succeeds in eradicating poverty in Nigeria.

She reiterated her ministry’s readiness to ensure that those who served the country meritoriously and died in active service are not left behind in the scheme. The minister also requested that the Minister of Defense provide adequate security cover for humanitarian workers while they are about to carry out their national assignments in all the states prone to insecurity.

 

In his response, the Hon. Minister of Defense, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, said the visit was timely and thanked Dr. Edu for including the retirees in the welfare scheme, which he said will go a long way to renew the hope of retired officers and their families and motivate the working officers to secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The Defense Minister, who was accompanied at the event by his Minister, Bello Mattawale, said to rest assured that the Defense Ministry will collaborate with its Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation counterparts to ensure proper coordination of the scheme.

“We want you to send our sincere appreciation to Mr. President for doing the exceptional by considering us. We thank him for giving you this opportunity to help the nation, and we also thank God for giving you the opportunity to be innovative on the job that you’re doing. When you met the Chief of Defense Staff, the words came to round that you are supporting the military, and all our team became delighted and happy,” he said.

On his part, Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Major General Abdulmalik Jubril (RTD), thanked President Bola Tinubu and Dr. Edu for the new innovation, saying “this has never happened before.”

He said the Nigerian Legion is the last hope for retired officers, which he said keeps increasing in numbers.

The legion, he said, will need health care, welfare, and livelihood for its members.

‘” This organ of the military (Army, Air Force, and Navy) retirees needs government support, such gestures as

 

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