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Army dismisses officers’ fear of premature retirement

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By KINGSLEY OMONOBI

Against the backdrop of the fear by many military officers regarding whether or not to attend pre-retirement courses being organized by the Armed Forces, says the  Resettlement Center,  NARC, the Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Clement Aroriode, says the fear is unwarranted as attendance at such courses was not a prelude to retirement of military officers.

There has been apprehension in the military over the pre-retirement training expected to hold in the six geo-political zones across the country as many officers recommended for  it come up with various excuses to dodge the exercise.

Speaking at the graduation of 30 senior officers from the ranks of Lt. Colonels and equivalent to Brig-Generals and equivalent who attended a weeklong Entrepreneurship and Management training organized by NAFRC in Abuja, at the weekend, Aroriode said, “People are not really understanding what we are doing. Most officers believe that when you come for this course, you are being set up for retirement, that is far from the purpose.

“From our research, investigations and observations over time, we found out that most officers on retirement want to go into private businesses but they are not schooled in the art of business. Consequently their gratuity and savings of many years most time go down the drain while some become portfolio contractors.

“Yes, many of you will say we have gone to Staff College , we have gone to War College or NIPSS. But in those institutions, we were taught basically military operations, management of men and weaponry. The initiative therefore is that as you get to pensionable stage in your career, we want to start preparing officers for what civil life and entrepreneurship will be like.

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