House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government, the Armed Forces, Nigeria Police and other security outfits to pay all entitlements and benefits to the families of the deceased personnel who died in active duties.
The House also resolved that all payments should be done within three months.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma titled: ‘Call on the Armed Forces and Other Security Agencies to Pay Entitlements of Service Personnel Who Died while Fighting the Boko Haram Insurgents’.
In his lead debate, Agbonayinma expressed concern that personnel of the armed forces and other security agencies had lost their lives in the fight to protect the territorial sovereignty of the country.
He stressed that it was a standard practice for entitlements to be paid to the next of kin of any soldier, who died in the line of duty protecting the integrity of the nation.
The parliamentarian cited a case of one Sergent Moses Osarenkhoe 04NA/55/11557 who, until his death, was attached to the 55 Signal Command, Arakan Barracks, Apapa Lagos but was posted to the Armed Forces Special Force Battalion OP Zaman Lafiya, Maiduguri.
Agbonayinma lamented that many months after the death of Osarenkhoe, the deceased family had not been paid any entitlements, decrying that their spouses and children were left in desperate situations without any form of livelihood.
The lawmaker further noted that such delay in payment of entitlements of deceased military personnel might dampen the morale and willingness of the serving military personnel.
In his contribution, Hon Nnena Ukeji said these men and women should be protected and wondered what federal government do when these security personnel go and lose their lives.
She insisted that paying benefits accrued to them were necessary and expressed hope that the House might come up with a legislation to protect the country’s veterans.

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