By Muhammad Maitela, Maiduguri
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday in Monguno, supervised the enrollment of school aged children whose parents were killed by Boko Haram.
Zulum has been in northern Borno since Sunday, undertaking series of humanitarian and developmental activities.
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 LGAs.
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 since 2009.
Although the enrollment exercise was for orphans, other parents trooped out with their children demanding enrollment, for which Zulum promised to approve.
Fathermore, Mr Zulum appealed to guardians of all 5,361 orphans to ensure their wards regularly attend school.
The Governor also announced that he will engage Islamiyya teachers to teach guardians and other adults who are willing to learn.
Zulum was supported by Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, Commissioners, and other top Government officials during the enrollment exercises.
Also in Monguno, Governor Zulum also approved scholarships from primary to tertiary education for children of CJTFs, hunters, and vigilantes fighting Boko Haram.
Zulum 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 will help create opportunities for their children to obtain western education so they can look forward to a promising future.