The delegation of NiDCOM in a group photograph with Lt. Gen. Lagbaja and his staff officers at the Army Headquarters/Photo: NiDCOM

Nigeria: Military ready to absorb returning doctors from diaspora

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has assured Nigerian doctors abroad willing to return to the country that the Nigerian Army is ready to absorb them into its military hospitals.

Lagbaja gave the assurance while receiving Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and other members of the top management team of the Commission at Army Headquarters, Abuja.

The Chief of Army Staff said the Army would collaborate fully with NIDCOM’s advocacy of bringing back the best brains from the diaspora to help develop our various sectors in the country.

He said having been in the Diaspora before now, he noticed that Nigeria parades the best doctors in UK, US, Canada and South Africa and the Army under his command would be willing to employ them if they returned home, thus reducing the scourge of brain drain.

The Army chief expressed delight that Nigeria military abroad have been excelling in any military assignments given to them and making the country proud.

“It is therefore a thing of joy for me to partner with NIDCOM to celebrate these Army warriors who have been making us proud abroad in all their military operations as a morale booster for them,” he said.

Lagbaja said the Army would be willing to collaborate with the Commission even at the home front to enhance the visibility of the Army and make Nigerians appreciate them for their sacrifice in keeping the country safe from any internal and external aggression.

He reiterated the resolve of the Army under his Command to maintain discipline, professionalism and ensure the protection of the citizenry against any form of aggression that will affect the corporate entity of the country.

Earlier, Dr Dabiri-Erewa congratulated the new Chief of Army Staff and commended him for his professionalism and the new positive image Army is getting since his assumption of office.

While explaining the activities of the Commission and areas of collaboration, Dabiri-Erewa urged the Army chief not to rest on his oars in the discharge of their professional duties as Nigerians do appreciate their sacrifice.

Abdur-Rahman Balogun

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