Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Tuesday directed the release of N55 million, 5,500 bags of rice and 5,500 gallons of oil to volunteers and Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for Sallah celebration.
Each of the volunteers operating in Maiduguri metropolitan and Jere local government areas – Borno’s most populated locations – will receive cash, a bag of rice and a gallon of oil.
Zulum gave the directive when he met the leadership of the CJTF, hunters and vigilantes at the council chamber of the Government House, Maiduguri, Tuesday.
The governor noted that supporting the volunteers is critical to Borno’s complementing of the Nigerian military and other security agencies in the battle against Boko Haram insurgents.
Zulum paid tributes to fighters and the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, whose ministry oversees the volunteers through a department of civil rights protection.
He said: “I invited you to register my deepest appreciation to all of you in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes for your enormous sacrifices and support to the military in securing the lives and property of the people of Borno state.
“I also extend my appreciation to the attorney general who is leading this very important team, the permanent secretary, security, the SSA security and executive secretary and members of Borno’s Security Trust Fund, for the combined efforts in repositioning our security responses in the state.
“In addition to my gratitude to the hunters, vigilantes and CJTF, I also wish to provide a token of support to volunteers towards this Sallah selebration.”
After announcing cash and food support to the volunteers, Zulum said “no amount of money or support can match the critical sacrifices made by volunteers. I really wish we can do so much more, but insha Allah, whenever our financial condition improves, government will offer bigger support.”
As part of ways to support volunteers, Governor Zulum during his Monday meeting directed the immediate identification of orphans of deceased volunteers for government to fund enrollment of their children in schools.