The House of Representatives Committee on Army has disclosed that atleast 386 soldiers voluntarily disengaged from the army due to medical and other reasons in the second quarter of 2020 as confirmed by the House of Representatives Committee on Army.
This disclosure was made by the Chairman of the committee, Abdulrazaq Namdas, while presenting a report to the house yesterday.
According to Namdazs, 356 soldiers left the army after losing interest, 24 left to take up traditional titles; while six were discharged on medical grounds.
He also revealed that records also indicated that 6,752 soldiers were discharged from the service in the last five years; while 25,655 soldiers had got enlisted within the same period.
The Chairman of the House committee added that documents show that all the voluntarily discharged soldiers were Non-Commissioned Officers, (NCO), ranging from Master Warrant Officer, (MWO), to Private, (PTE).
The committee which recommended that the Nigerian Army improve on the welfare of its personnel, especially those in battle fields or other combat operations, to make them more committed to their job and to the nation, also called for an effective monitoring or follow-up in the delivery of the welfare packages in all the Army formations to ensure that they reach the soldiers in a fair and equitable manner.