Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has announced State’s sponsored scholarships for 500 orphans and widows of civilian JTFs who died fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
The governor made the announcement on Tuesday while presenting the state 2022 budget to the House of Assembly in Maiduguri, the state capital.
“We plan to lunch Borno Heros support programme. This programme involves the setting of a government team that will identify primary and secondary school-aged orphans of volunteers in the CJTF, hunters and volunteers who died during battles.
“Government will give these orphans scholarship to Federal Government Colleges and International schools. The programme is to be in phases with a pilot phase of 500 orphans,” Zulum said.
“Many of these civilian JTF fighters, hunters and vigilantes have lost their lives fighting for Borno’s peace. Insha’Allah, we plan to reward their priceless sacrifices by educating the children they left behind. And supporting their widow through a programme we lab to launch in January.”
He said the government will also allot required support for widows left by deceased volunteers for their sustainable livelihoods.