The House of Representatives has stressed the need for the Nigerian government to ensure military personnel were well motivated to defend the nation’s territory and overcome security threats – home or abroad to avoid mass resignation.
This was the position of the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
The House passed the resolution while adopting a report by its Committee on Army on the mass resignation of 360 soldiers last year.
The soldiers, who cited loss of interest in the job are mostly those engaged in the decade-long war against Boko Haram in the Northeast, while others are from various other formations across the country.
The army is currently engaged in various combat operations as insecurity worsens across the country.
But apart from the 356 who left for losing interest in the army, 24 others are exiting because they want “to take traditional title,” making a total of 380 soldiers.
A year after the exit of the 360 soldiers, another 127 soldiers indicated interest to exit the Nigerian Army.
The soldiers, drawn from various formations of the army across the country, are all of the junior cadres, who are mostly at the forefront in the field.
Part of the recommendations of the report read, “That the Nigerian Army should improve on the welfare of its personnel, especially those in battlefields or other combat operations to further make the soldiers more committed to their jobs and to the nation at large.
“That there should be effective monitoring or follow up in the delivery of the welfare packages in all the army formations to ensure that they reach out to all the beneficiaries (the soldiers) in a fair and equitable manner.
“That the army should continuously embark on orientation of soldiers – both old and new – about the reality of their jobs and the need to be committed to their country. This will reduce the number of soldiers leaving the army due to loss of interest.”
According to the report, the number of disengagements is far lower than the enlistment in the army in the last five years.
It stated that about 6,752 personnel were disengaged and 25,655 were enlisted, adding that not all the soldiers who voluntarily resigned were actively involved in combat operations.