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Veteran soldier decries non-payment of pension


Nigeria Army HeadquartersA veteran of the Nigerian civil war, Olusegun Soetan has urged the Federal Government to pay soldiers that participate in the war pension.

Seventy-one year old Soetan, in an interview with The Guardian yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, explained that at the time he retired, ex-workers qualified for pension after serving for 15 years but the years have been since been reduced to 10 years.

He said: “When he left service, the number of years required to benefit from pension payment was 15 years. But has now been revised to 10 years and yet most of us are still not benefitting from it.”

He also lamented that since the Army adopted the new pension regime, he and some of his colleagues had been going through a lot of difficulties in processing their pension payment because of the bottlenecks at the Army pension office.

“Those of us that are still alive today should be honoured instead of abandoning us since 1979.

“We want the Federal Government to instruct all the 36 States Governors and the Federal capital that all the voluntary Soldiers in their state should be adequately catered for because we are suffering. We want the Federal government to make our Pension be in line with our counterparts in the Army.”

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