The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has assured the Nigeria Veterans of Federal Government’s commitment in the provision of better welfare to them and their families.

The Minister gave the assurance when he received the Executives of the Veteran Association of Nigeria on Wednesday, 8th November 2023 in Ship House, Abuja.

Abubakar stated that Federal Government was working on an existing structure that would be all inclusive in terms of the welfare of the Veterans and their families.

Speaking on the Security Debarment Allowance (SDA), the Minister stated that the (SDA) would be paid in two trenches adding that Palliatives would be made available to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
“Also, the National Health Insurance scheme is being reviewed to cover the Veterans among others,” he said.

To drive the process of achieving the all inclusive welfare package for the Veterans, the Minister directed that a 5-man Committee from the fifteen different Associations be set up to drive further engagements with the Ministry which will further strengthen the way forward.

On his part, the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Mohammed Bello Matawalle said that the Ministry is committed to supporting the Veterans who have fought tirelessly in keeping Nigeria as one and in maintaining the territorial integrity of the nation.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar kana mni, said that the approved (SDA) by the Government has been given to the Military Pensions Board for onward payment to the Veterans.