The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has directed the commencement of verification and screening of eligible children of personnel of the Nigerian Army (NA) who died in active service, for academic sponsorship.
A statement on Thursday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, says that the move was in fulfilment of the philosophy of effective administration for sustained welfare of personnel and their families.
TheFact Daily reports that the Chief of Administration (Army) Maj Gen Wilson Ali, while addressing families and relations of deceased personnel who were present at the venue of the verification, stated that the scheme was set up to give the children of the deceased requisite educational development that would empower and mold them into responsible citizens.
He enjoined existing and potential beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity to benefit from the exercise, adding, that it would bring succor to children of NA personnel who paid the supreme price while defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.
The verification/ screening exercise, which commenced on Tuesday,17 January 2023 and is ongoing at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro Abuja, was targeted at the deceased personnel children in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions.
The screening cum verification exercise would cater for both existing and new applicants, who fall within the following categories: primary school for children aged 6 to 12; secondary school for those aged 12 to 18, and tertiary institutions for those whose ages range between 18 and 22.
The applicants are also required to provide documents including: handwritten application for sponsorship containing the names of the children; Letter of Admission of the beneficiary; Last School Report Card/results of the beneficiary; Letter of confirmation from the school of the beneficiary; Birth Certificate of the beneficiary and Death Certificate of the deceased personnel.
Other documents required include: Publication of death; Condolence Letter of deceased Parent; Notification of Casualty (NOTICAS) signal; Nigerian Army Application for sponsorship form duly completed by the last unit and Formation Headquarters of the deceased personnel; four recent passport photographs of the beneficiary; passport photograph of the deceased personnel; account number and sort code, as well as telephone number of the surviving parent or administrator.