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FG begins payment of security debarment allowance

Perm. Sec. Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Kana (middle), in a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Veterans Association. The delegation was headed by Air. Cdr. Femi Oguntuyi (rtd) (extreme left). Photo: Chukwuma Agbanusi.

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of Security Debarment Allowance (SDA) to Nigerian  Armed Forces veterans.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Kana stated this at a meeting with the veterans at the Ship House, Abuja.

Dr Kana who confirmed the release of N21 billion, 28 percent of the total outstanding Security Debarment Allowance approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Ministry, as first tranche.

He said this was in fulfillment of the promise made by government in September 2022 that payment of SDA to veterans would start as soon as possible. 

“The Federal Government has released the sum of N21 billion Naira as the first tranche of the Security Debarment Allowance to the veterans to be paid as promised, ” he said.

He said the Government has demonstrated its commitment to the welfare and well-being of the Armed Forces.

The Perm. Sec. Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana mni (middle) some Management Staff in a group photograph with the leadership of Nigerian Veterans Association in Ship House, Abuja. Photo: Chukwuma Agbanusi

He noted that the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance through the Military Pensions Board initiated the commencement of payment of the allowances.

The Permanent Secretary announced that the president has also reduced the spread of payment from 3-5 years to within 3 years.

While appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for prioritizing the request of the Ministry promptly at all times, Dr Kana commended the Minister of Defence, retired Major General Bashir Magashi and the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed for pursuing the welfare and well-being of Nigerian Veterans. 

In his response, the leader of the delegation of the Veterans retired Air  Cdre. Femi Oguntuyi thanked the Permanent Secretary for his efforts and appreciates the Federal Government for the prompt response to the plight of ex-service men on the Security Debarment Allowance.

Reporting by Chukwuma Agbanusi; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino