Soldiers now receive bag of rice monthly
Serving personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces have after thirteen years started receiving their monthly sack of rice each.
The Minister of Defense, Alfred Palo Conteh (in photo) in his brief statement during the rice distribution exercise at the Ministry of Defense headquarters said to serving personnel that it was a great moment for him as one of his dreams has come to reality through the effort of President Koroma by reviving good old memories when he was a serving military personnel in the armed forces of the republic of Sierra Leone.
He said his other focus is on accommodation which, according to him, he was now looking into very strongly.
He also went on to say that the distribution of rice which has started is for all military officers in the country. He said a total of 8,500 bags of rice is supplied to the soldiers, representing the total of number of serving personnel in the country.
He assured them that this will be a continued process for all serving officers across the country.
He also added that a lot of positive things have happened in the military since he took over as minister of defense. He encouraged officers to stay out of politics and remain as professional soldiers and confined to their barracks as more goodies lie in wait for them.
The Chief of Defense Staff, Alfred Nelson Williams thanked His Excellency the President for making their dream comes true in the RSLAF.
While reading out the policy for the supply of the monthly one sack of rice to individual service personnel, the CDS noted that the issuing officer takes full responsibility for all issues made on the voucher, adding that a bag of rice must be signed and collected by the personnel whose particulars are reflected on the voucher
However, in the case were allotment is made the beneficiary must sign the voucher and there should be a letter of authority indicating legal allotment by the personnel which must be approved by his or her chain of command. The particulars of the beneficiary and relationship to the solider must be clearly stated in the remakes column, the CDS warned.
He also added that personnel who did not came to work (AWOL) will forfeit his or her rice including those who failed to report for duty for 21 days without leave. Families of deceased soldiers will continue to receive rice for up to three months following the death of service personnel.
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