Gov. Zulum enrolls 5,361 orphans in prim sch, offers scholarship, more [Photos]

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Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday in Monguno, supervised the enrollment of school children whose parents were killed by Boko Haram and Bandits.

A total number of 5,361 orphans were registered during the two-days exercise.

The children were between the ages of seven and thirteen, and each is to be given free uniforms, writing materials and free meals at schools.

The orphans were registered in the presence of their guardians who gave their biographic details, including places of displacement and indigenous Local Government Areas.

The 5,361 orphans are part of over are 50,000 children either orphaned by Boko Haram or with parents and relations missing as a result of attacks of several communities by Boko Haram and Bandits since 2009.

Although the enrollment exercise was for orphans, other parents trooped out with their children demanding enrollment, for which Zulum promised to approve.

Zulum appealed to guardians of all 5,361 enrolled orphans to ensure their wards regularly attend school.

Zulum also announced that he will engage Islamiyya teachers to teach guardians and other adults who are willing to learn.

Zulum was supported by the Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan, Commissioners, and other top government officials during the enrollment exercises.

The governor also approves primary School to tertiary institution scholarships for children of Communities Joint Task Forces -CJTF, releases financial support, patrol vehicles and payment of N5000 to volunteer vigilante

Also in Monguno, Zulum also approved scholarships from primary to tertiary education for children of CJTFs, hunters, and vigilantes fighting Boko Haram.

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Governor Zulum told Volunteers, Vigilante and other members of the Task Force who trooped in their hundred that with their sacrifices, Borno Government will help create opportunities for their children to obtain Western education so that they can look forward to a promising future.

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