The Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) at Oshodi in Lagos State has enrolled over 700 Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) for a six-month course ahead of their retirement.
The SNCOs, drawn from the Army, Navy, and Air Force, would undergo trainings to demilitarise them in courses that would also improve their mental health as well as managerial and self-reliant skills acquisition.
Inaugurating the soldiers for the pre-retirement course, NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Idi Lubo, urged them to make good use of their array of opportunities available to obtain quality training and education in a wide variety of entrepreneurial fields.
He expressed the hopes that the trainees would obtain the necessary skills sets to operate as effective entrepreneurs, ready to explore and exploit the opportunities for profit-making and income generation available in the open market.
The commandant admonished them on the need to be committed, diligent and make sacrifices that would propel them to the desired end.
Lubo assured them that the centre prioritises issues of physical and mental health of all trainees and other workers, saying necessary arrangements had been made for their fitness throughout their course.
“Please, note that this centre prohibits self-medication of any sort. Adequate and essential drugs have been provided at the Medical Centre and you are encouraged to promptly report all cases of illness through the appropriate channels. Serious cases of illness or injury would be evacuated to the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospitals, when necessary,” he said.
“Furthermore, the centre also has a Counseling Department located behind the NAFRC Headquarters complex. The Department has skilled professionals and you are encouraged to request for scheduled sessions to discuss issues that may affect your mental health while on the course, including issues relating to life challenges, retirement concerns, among others…” he said.