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Nigerian Legion Pledges Enhanced Welfare For Veterans



Leadership Nigeria News Today

The Nigerian Legion has affirmed its commitment to advocate for the welfare of veterans in the country.

The Legion’s national chairman, Brig. Gen. Adekole Jones Akpa (Rtd) who disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said they will follow up on pensions and pensions related matters as well as physical productivity activities drives of its members.

Akpa who noted that his administration is a paradigm shift from old way of handling the Legion’s affairs, said that veterans are presently being sensitized to restore their self-esteem and regain social confidence to productively take control of their after service lives.

The chairman also disclosed that the Nigerian Legion has recorded remarkable progress through its Public Private Partnership drive in managing veterans’ welfare in Nigeria.

The effort according to him has led to the massive sensitization of the general public towards supporting and partnering with the veterans to build a greater Nigerian nation which has equally translated to the greater utilization of the life, skill and talent of veterans.

Akpa, however, commended the Legions local partners in the program, National Personal Assets Acquisition Skill (NAPAAS) for helping to actualize the dreams and fast tracking the realization of the hopes and aspirations for the veterans.

“The entry of NAPAAS remains not just a strategic development but more celebrative relationship even within the short time we have come together,” Akpa said.

“The Nigeria Legion is the only statutory organization saddled, via an act of parliament, with managing the welfare of veterans in the country Act 37 of 1988 states so much of this responsibility.”

He further explained that the legion in conjunction with NAPAAS, has projected its objectives for 2019 to include among other things; support to 3000 widows, create 7,000 employment opportunities, provide support to about 3,000 children and 2,000 aged.

The legion according to Akpa, also targets to empower 5000 persons in terms of capacity building etc.


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