Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, has said that, retired military personnel still have a lot to contribute to national development, given their abundant knowledge and experience.
He, therefore, advised governments both at the federal and state levels to maximize the potentials of such well-trained retired officers.
He stated this when members of the Board of Trustees of the Retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers’ Association of Nigeria ( RANAO) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Yenagoa.
Rear Admiral JohnJonah(rtd), also noted that the Nigerian military as an institution, has contributed immensely to the unity of Nigeria, given its diversity, stressing that, it is the only national institution that has kept the country afloat and should be seen as a role model.
Earlier in his remarks, Retired Maj.-Gen. Zamani Lekwot, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Retired Army, Navy and Airforce Officers’ Association of Nigeria, said that the body was in the State in respect of its 31st National Annual General Meeting, holding in Yenagoa.
According to him, RANAO was established with a view to further engaging retired officers for purposes of national development, even on retirement as well as catering for the welfare of retired officers.
He further noted that, RANAO was a voluntary non-religious and apolitical organization, formed to serve as a platform to fully utilize the potentials of retired officers.
Gen. Lekwot also expressed some nostalgic feelings, given the fact that he had served as a military governor of old Rivers State, adding that, he sees his visit truly as a home-coming.