Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has announced that by January 2022, his administration will launch an initiative titled, “Borno Heroes Support Programme” for the award of educational scholarship to 500 orphans and widows of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters and vigilantes who died during battles with Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
Zulum made the promise during his 2022 budget address at the Borno State House of Assembly on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
He said, “We plan to launch BORNO HEROES’ SUPPORT PROGRAMME. This programme involves the setting up 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 scholarships to Federal Government Colleges and International schools. The programme is to be in phases with a pilot phase of 500 orphans.
“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 by supporting their widows through a programme we plan to launch in January, Insha’Allah.”
Explaining further, the governor added, “another component of the BORNO HEROES’ SUPPORT PROGRAMME is needs assessment of widows left behind by the deceased volunteers”.
He noted that “Government will allocate required support to these widows for sustainable livelihoods”.
The governor presented a budget of N267 billion naira for Borno’s 2022 fiscal year.