The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) has reiterated government’s commitment towards the current high morale of the Military through sustainable welfare packages in line of duty.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Defence on Media and Publicity ,Mohammad Abdulkadri, General Magashi gave this assurance at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters Abuja when members of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA Regular Course 38 paid a courtesy call on him, led by its National President, Maj Gen Solomon Udounwa.
While aligning with the lofty objectives of the Association especially in the areas of promoting unity and providing welfare support to members, he urged them to be resolute in giving their best in service to the nation.
The Defence Minister noted with nostalgia that Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA is an Institution where every officer should aspire to serve to inspire the young intelligent Cadets.
The Minister of Defence, a member of NDA RC 5 who was Cadet Brigade Commander (CBC) for NDA 38 RC and who later served as Commandant in the same Institution where he retired in 1999 congratulated the Association for its successful 35th year Anniversary Re-union celebration.
The National President of the NDA Regular Course 38 Welfare Association, Maj Gen Solomon Udounwa who is currently the Commandant Army War College, Nigeria thanked the Defence Minister for his mentorship while they were undergoing their Military training at NDA which started in 1986.
General Odounwa told the Minister that the recently concluded lined up activities that marked the 35th Anniversary of the Association took them to Orphanage homes and provided a platform to reach out to Widows of their late members for support.
He later decorated General Magashi and presented him with 35th commemorative Anniversary souvenirs to Climaxed the short but memorable visit that enlivened good memories of their Cadets years and the impactful role played by General Magashi in moulding them as their Cadet Brigade Commander.