Borno State Gov, Zulum presents N300m scholarship to 300 orphans of CJTFs who died fighting Boko Haram
Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum awards N300 million in scholarships to 300 orphans of CJTFs killed in the fight against Boko Haram. N15 million is given to mothers of benefiting orphans. CJTF/other allowances are increased by 35%, and an end-of-year bonus is given to them.
The volunteers fought alongside the Nigerian military and other armed forces in Borno State against Boko Haram and ISWAP. They were mostly killed during various security operations.
Zulum at the launch, held at the multipurpose hall of the Government House in Maiduguri said the N300 million set aside was to cover all educational needs of the 300 orphans throughout their basic education levels, in the first stage, before further support at future levels of education.
Zulum had during his 2020 budget presentation promised support for the orphans under the “Borno Heroes Support Program”.
Even before that announcement, he had on different occasions, granted support to volunteers at the front lines and to families of their colleagues killed at battles.
Beside the scholarship, Governor Zulum also approved livelihood support of at least N15m to mothers and other guardians of the 300 orphans.
Each of the 300 mothers or guardians received N50,000 along with a bag of rice, a bag of maize and clothing materials.
In separate remarks, Chairman of a committee set up by Zulum for selection of the 300 orphans, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan and the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa lauded Governor Zulum’s initiative.
Kaka Shehu who is currently APC’s candidate for the Borno Central senatorial seat ahead of the 2023 election, was appointed while he was commissioner of justice whose ministry oversees affairs of the volunteers through a department dealing with public rights to safety.