Stakeholders call for more funding for Nigerian Legion

Stakeholders call for more funding for Nigerian Legion

Stakeholders call for more funding for Nigerian Legion

Nigerian Legion is said be established since 1964, under the parliamentary act, cap 119, laws of the Federation of Nigeria. It was establish with the enormous responsibility, to foresee the affairs of veterans soldier who have retired or fallen heroes who left their families behind.
Major General Malik Jubril Rtd, National Chairman, Nigerian Legion said this recently in Legion House while interacting with the GreenLand News, in Abuja.
According to him, “It is designed to address the welfare needs of Veterans by placing them on gratuity and pensions.
Major General Malik who has so many projects to unveil if the legion is given financial independence said, “government should put us on the National budget. We are trying to do that now through Ministry of Defence. We do not have other means of revenue rather than donations from emblems.”
In his words:
“We should be included in the take off grant of the government. The Nigerian legion have not enjoy that since 60 years. The grant will help the Nigerian legion to develop some of their properties and use the property as collateral for loan.
“Through the act we can embark on estate development, hospitality, hotels, healthcare, educational Programmes etc. We can establish schools from primary to tertiary institution. We have the authority to do that.
“Nigerian Legion took the welfare of it members as a priority. We have started conversations for the establishment of the micro-finance bank that will allow Veterans to access loan. The micro finance bank will be more accessible for members to access loan without collateral.
“We also want to build a trauma centre for our soldiers who operated in theatre. Some of them face post trauma stress after being discharged from the hospital. The centre will take care of them.”Major General Malik said.
He stressed that the Nigerian Legion needs more funding to care for the welfare of ex-service men and women.
According to him, “Nigerian Legion is 60years old and we do not have financial base. What we do every year from 25th October to 15th of January, is to give out our emblem for a period of 3months. This is in commemoration of those who died during the first and second world war, during the Biafran war, internal operations, etc. People donates money from the emblems to assist the families of the fallen heroes. That is the only financial base the legion have.
“What we realize every year is not enough to care for these veterans or run overhead cost of the office, not to talk of reaching out our 36 chapters and FCT.
“There is Nigerians legion Chairman in each State. The local government report to the state Chairman. Governors are the patrons in each states. While our grand patron is the commander-in-chief, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He noted that the Nigerian Legion is the coordinator and mouthpiece of all other veterans associations. While there are so many veterans associations of all the ex-service men and women, Memorandum of association defines their functions in Act cap119 laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
He also used the opportunity to disclose some of his goals in the Nigerian Legion.
According to him, “we may change the name to Veterans Federation of Nigeria.One of our mission is to build exclusive accommodations for our ex-service men and women who were not married and are aged.
“For the first time, the President, Commander in Chief of the arm forces, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is the grand patron of the legion extended his generosity by giving palliative to the Nigerian legion and veterans associations. Forms were distributed in the 36 states of the Federation through the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
“However, reliable sources indicate that the palliative will soon get to us.”
Major General Malik, in the same vein, cleared the air regarding Regarding proliferation of veterans associations. He said, “it is the fundamental human rights of each individual to belong to an association. But, remember that the association you formed does not cover all the veterans. So, you can not say you are advocating for all the veterans.
“The mouthpiece of all the veterans is the Nigerian legion. Therefore, you are free to form your association, but know the pros and cons. Legion is the only association established by law and it is the umbrella if other associations.
“The legion is the only association established by law. Other associations operates under their confide, while we are the umbrella body. They have to write to the ministry of Defence while the ministry will send their letter to the Nigerian Legion. Major General Malik, said

Amb. Grace Morenike Henry, Director of Cop Affairs, Nigerian Legion,

In her contribution, Amb. Grace Morenike Henry, Director of Cop Affairs, Nigerian Legion, said creating a Veteran Women Association, will help the ex-service women to get trained and empowered.
Expressing her view on International Women’s Day, she encouraged men to support their wives in their achieving their goals.
On the other hand, she enjoined parents to train their children properly so as to become good ambassadors of the society.
She maintained that mothers should serve as role models and mentors to their daughters, always telling them the truth. This will help them to navigate adulthood and surmount huddles. They will learn to confide and share their problems with their parents, in so doing, they will strive. Amb. Grace said.

 

 

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