A bill that seeks to establish a fund to cater for the welfare of families of deceased military and security personnel has passed second reading at Wednesday’s Plenary.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Abba Moro, senator representing Benue South, who noted that there is a need to establish a fund to be known as ’The Families of Fallen Serviceman Support Fund.’
According to him, all monies prescribed under the Bill as donations, bequeaths, trusts, and contributions for the welfare of families of members of the armed forces and operatives of other security agencies who lost their lives in course of their duty including combat and non-combat duties, shall be paid into the fund.
In his words, “We all know that coping with the death of loved ones is an enormous load to bear as it sparks traumatic heartbreaks that can lead to feelings of desertion or indignation in addition to deep poignancy.
“In the case of families of fallen heroes, it is even more burdensome because, in any of such circumstances of the loss of a loved one, a grieving spouse may have the additional responsibility of caring for the children.”
Moro revealed that leaders of the military widows association have recorded over 11,000 registered members.
He added that “given the security situation in our dear country Nigeria, it has become pertinent to enact a law that will establish a Fund to take care of the welfare challenges facing the indigent families of security operatives who die in the line of duty.”
Similarly, a bill seeking to amend the Police Service Commission Act 2001, also scaled second reading during Wednesday’s Plenary.
Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) who Sponsored the bill, noted that the amendment has become imperative in view of holding the Police “accountable for their actions through both internal and external mechanisms.”