1,000 children of slain soldiers get scholarships

Nigeria Army

Nineteen officers of the Nigerian military who were wounded during the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents have been successfully treated abroad, the Nigerian Army has said.

During its monthly press briefing in Abuja, Wednesday, the Nigerian Army also said that 1,000 children and dependents of slain army officers have been awarded scholarships.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the provision of adequate medical services contributes to the physical and mental capacity of troops in battle.

“To this end, our troops in the theatre of operations in the North East have continued to enjoy adequate medical care,” said Mr. Usman, a Colonel.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Army casualty evacuation procedure starts from the collection point within the unit where casualty receive first aid from their comrades and where necessary casualties are then moved to the Medical Reception Station (MRS) and Divisional Hospitals for further treatment.

“Exceptional cases are however referred and evacuated by air to Reference Hospitals. In case the Reference Hospital cannot manage the injury, such officer/soldier is evacuated abroad where adequate medical treatment will be administered.

“So far, a total of 19 officers and soldiers have been successfully treated abroad.

“For effective monitoring of wounded soldiers evacuated to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna, the COAS has directed the Chief of Administration (Army) to visit the hospital fortnightly in order to ensure adequate medical care/treatment is given to the wounded officers/soldiers on admission.”

Mr. Usman said that the Nigerian Army had commenced payment of scholarship entitlements to children and dependants of all deceased personnel who died in active service.

“The payment which started in February 2015, is scheduled for completion at the end of March 2015,” he said.

“For ease of administration and convenience, the beneficiaries are grouped into 20 batches of 50 each. The payment is based on approved criteria for sponsorship of eligible children of deceased personnel by the Nigerian Army.”

The Army also issued a disclaimer on a Facebook account allegedly operated with the name “Kenneth Tobia Minimah”, the Chief of Army Staff.

The Army said it believed the account was operated by one Emmanuel Monday who had been using Mr. Minimah’s name to dupe unsuspecting members of the public.

“Please be informed that the COAS does not operate any Facebook account or any of the social media for that matter. The general public is hereby advised to desist from transacting business or sending money to the impostor. Anybody who transacts business with the impostor does so at his/her own risk.”


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  • Mosaku 147

    The payments started in February,2015. Did the soldiers start to die in January,2015? Even the army spokesman has caught the shamelessness flu. I thought it was only the defence spokesman that was permanently on the bear face shameless flu.

  • endingNaija

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    Good initiative. Something like this to motivate our heroes and their families. Keep it up Mr. President. More of these incentives.

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  • Layo

    Jonathan is a bloody con man. This six weeks James Bond moves clearly shows he knew he has failed woefully. Keep trying $Dumbo.

  • favourtalk

    We need change in nigeria, we can’t continue this way, we deserve better in nigeria. We can’t continue with the wicked ways of GEJ. We deserve better

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  • Victor Okonkwo

    Unlike the APC – evidently cheering for BH as every time our army fails they get more votes – GEJ is supporting the brave men who give their lives for their country, for the safety of our people in the North-east and for these elections.

  • Otile

    Chei, people are promoting mass slaughter in the North. Boko Haram is killing people to stop Western education, yet 1,000 children whose parents were slaughtered in struggle are awarded scholarship to acquire Western education.

    • Uju

      Do you want Boko Haram to win then? Refusing Western education is fine, but one can not decide for his pairs. Plus, siding with BH after all their exactions is the choice of a sick mind. They are a threat to Nigeria and more importantly enemies of Islam.

      • Otile

        Then leave them to have their sharia states. You cannot occupy their territories and expect to enjoy peace. Islamists are no cowards, girl.

  • princegab

    This author dose not understand that Nigeria can not work, the very reason behind bad leadership is Nigeria’s very wobbling political and economic structures. Our leaders make money off naija, they do not love Nigeria. The devolution of power and regional economic autonomy are the solution but mind you the so called kleptocrats will resist devolution of power untill disintegration is forced on them. Do not wait for strong institutions, cos same kleptocrats will not build them.
    Freedom never comes freely, a war might eventually grant us that freedom.

    • Wisdom Essien

      What is it about having total control of the resources from their states that will stop Governors from stealing as usual?

      • princegab

        Devolution of power and restructuring neans a re -set of the country’s clock . Going to be ‘not politics as usual ‘ . Present looters will cover their faces in shame.