- Lagbaja emphasized the importance of focusing on the welfare and well-being of troops and their families in all his efforts to improve their effectiveness and efficiency.
- The COAS mandated field commanders to maintain advanced military platforms and equipment to extend their lifespan and optimize investment.
President Bola Tinubu has ordered that any unpaid Group Life Assurance obligations owing to the families of fallen soldiers be paid immediately.
The President also gave orders to the military and other security organisations to take decisive action against all national security threats.
When opening the COAS Combined Operations Meeting on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja revealed these.
The Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess in Abuja will host the 2nd and 3rd Quarter Conference in 2023.
He said: ” The Federal Government has a scheme called the Group Life Assurance. It is an insurance scheme designed to give succour to families of our departed heroes.
“This scheme works in such a way that the government pays premium to the insurance companies and in the event of death the insurance companies pay claims to the families of our departed heroes.”
” However, we have a backlogs of between 2012 and 2022, when claims were not paid. And some people died in the cause of service to the nation. So, the insurance companies are at the liberty of paying the premium are not paying, and that is why the Federal Government has taken it upon itself to discharge that backlog, and bring relief to the families of our departed heroes.”
Lagbaja said that troops’ welfare and that of their families would continue to remain predominant in all his efforts to enhance the effectiveness and effeicjency of troops.
The COAS also said the Nigerian Army has established some Special Forces units using specially trained personnel to tackle various criminalities across the country, in a bid to further enhance its operational effects.
He said the Special Forces units have continued to record impressive performances through intelligence-led operations and the use of special equipment.
The COAS, however, charged field commanders to ensure the maintenance of sofisticated platforms and equipment procured by the army, in order to prolong their life span and enable the nation to optimize its investment.
Lagbaja noted that the activities of Operation HADIN KAI in the North East have effectively curtailed Boko Haram and other terrorist activities in the region and led to the large-scale surrender of members of the terrorist groups and thesubmission of a large cache of arms and ammunition.