The House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian Army to improve soldiers’ welfare, especially those on the battlefields or combat operations.
The House noted that improving the soldiers’ welfare would make them more committed to their work and reduce soldiers’ growing mass resignation.
Everyevery.ng gathered that the House gave the order after the House Committee on Army investigated the purported Voluntary Resignation of over Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Soldiers’ from service.
The committee, which Abdulrazak Namdas chair, was mandated by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in July 2020 to conduct the investigation.
Namdas, who represents Ganye/Jada/Mayo-Belwa/Toungo Federal Constituency in Adamawa State, said over 600 soldiers resigned from the army. He added that the cause was mainly welfare issues.
According to the Lawmaker, the committee recommended that an improvement in welfare could stem the tide of resignations in the Nigerian Army.
Meanwhile, the House opined that there should be effective monitoring of the delivery of the welfare packages in all the Army formations.
Also, the House ordered the Nigerian Army to continuously embark on orientation of soldiers, both old and new, about the reality of their jobs and the need to be committed to their country.