Dynamism Of National Security Climate Presents Peculiar Challenges For Post Service Life Says Irabor


The Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Leo Irabor on Fridays said that contemporary global economic and national security climate was dynamic and presented peculiar challenges for post service life.

Irabor said at the Nigerian Armed Forces Centre (NAFRIC) graduation ceremony for Senior and Middle Level Officers’ Entrepreneurship And Management Course 4/2021 and Discharging Trainees of NAFRIC Course 3/2021 which held at Buhari Hall, NAFRIC.

Irabor was represented by the Defence Director of Logistics, Maj.-Gen. Julius Oni.

Hybrid News reports that a total of 49 Senior and Middle Level Officers’ graduated while 350 trainees where discharged from the NAFRIC courses.

According to the CDS, the sustenance of quality training for retiring personnel in vocational entrepreneurship and managerial skills remain a viable tool for a productive post service life.

“We have continued to prioritise the training needs of the NAFRIC to ensure that retiring personnel are well equipped to face the challenges of life in retirement and reintegrate successfully into civil life,” he said.

Irabor said that post service life had its peculiar challenges which include the management of resources especially retirement benefits among other challenges.

“There will be influences from friends and family members, management of both mental and physical health as well as reintegrating with the civil society.

“Note that, it is very risky for you to embark on a new life that is above your means or engage in non lucrative ventures.

“I therefore, urge you to be proactive in your conduct inorder to avoid or overcome these challenges and continue in physical exercises to keep your mind and body sharp,” he said.

The general said that their training had exposed them to several vocational opportunities, entrepreneurship procedures and general management skills to enable them have a stress free and meaningful life in retirement.

“Bearing this in mind, I will like to enjoin the graduating officers and trainees to leverage all the knowledge, skills and expertise that they have acquired.

“The virtues of discipline, integrity and patriotism which are fundamental to national and defence development have been reinforced throughout every phase during the course at the centre.

“Therefore, annex the skills and expertise obtained during the training inorder to engender personal development and societal progress towards national socioeconomic development,” Irabor said.

He said that in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari approved enhanced welfare packages for retiring members of the armed forces thereby urged them to remain loyal and dedicated to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“In recent times, the centre has done a lot of work to expand and upgrade training and boarding facilities with a view to enhancing capacity to effectively execute it’s mandate.

“I commend NAFRIC’s Commandant, AVM Adamu Idris and his team for this remarkable achievements and enjoin you all to sustain this impressive sight,” Irabor said.