Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum in Monguno, supervised the enrollment of school aged children whose parents were killed by Insurgents.
A total number of 5,361 orphans were registered during the two-day 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 LGAs.
The 5,361 orphans are part of over 50,000 children either orphaned by Insurgency or with parents and relations missing as a result of attacks on several communities since 2009.
Although the enrollment exercise was for orphans, other parents trooped out with their children demanding enrollment, for which Governor Zulum promised to approve.
The Governor appealed to guardians of all 5,361 orphans to ensure their wards regularly attend school.
He also announced that he will engage Islamiyya teachers to teach guardians and other adults who are willing to learn.
Governor Zulum was supported by Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, Commissioners, and other top Government officials during the enrollment exercises.
Similarly, Governor Zulum approved scholarships from primary to tertiary education for children of CJTFs, hunters, and vigilantes fighting Insurgents.
He supported volunteers with cash of N5,000 each, and released patrol vehicles and other working tools.
The Governor told them that with their sacrifices, Borno Government would help create opportunities for their children to obtain western education so they can look forward to a promising future.