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As part of measures to ensure a smooth transition into retirement, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has approved a bill to transform the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) into a National Resettlement Institute.
The Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, made this disclosure at the briefing to intimate the public about the forthcoming June 13 graduation ceremony of yet another batch of 404 retirees drawn from the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Navy (NN) collectively.
The bill, when formally executed, will see civilians go through training alongside their military counterparts, in the centre which has churned out over 40,000 military retirees since inception.
He said, “The mandate of NAFRC is to equip retiring personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces with relevant trade and vocational skills to enable them integrate into civil society and enjoy a productive and fulfilling life in retirement.
“Recently, a bill to transform the centre into a National Resettlement Institute has been approved by the AGF and the NAFRC governing board. The bill will be forwarded to the National Assembly as an executive bill.
“When passed into law, this will allow NAFRC to train the other rank cadre (ratings) and also officers in (pre-retirement) management and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, personnel of other para-military and security agencies as well as deserving civilians will have the training opportunity at the centre”, he said.
He said, “NAFRC is developing a framework to enter into public partnership with a number of reputable companies in a wide range of areas that will upgrade all the training workshops.”
Although the goals for the centre are still evolving, Morgan said over 300 officers have so far benefitted from the managerial and entrepreneurial training programmes, carried out in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship and Managerial Training (EMPRETEC).