Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Tuesday flagged-off a scholarship scheme worth three hundred million naira in support of 300 orphans whose parents died as volunteers under the ‘Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)’ vigilantes and hunters.
The volunteers were involved with fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP side by side with the Nigerian military and other armed forces in Borno State.
They mostly died at different 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.
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.