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Borno Govt. approves salary bonus, others for task force volunteers

By Esther Kalu

The Borno State government has approved one month salary bonus for thousands of volunteers fighting Boko Haram to groups that include the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and hunters as end of the year gifts.

The gesture was said to be a way to show gratitude to the volunteers for their gallantry and sacrifices in complementing the efforts of the military and other armed forces in the fight against insurgents.

During a meeting with leaders of the different sectors of the volunteers and sanitation workers operating in Maiduguri Metropolis and Jere local government of the state on Monday, the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum disclosed the government’s approval.

The governor included sanitation staff who are involved in cleaning up communities destroyed by insurgents before reconstruction as well as cleaners working in government establishments and agencies.

“You all, our gallant volunteers, have been working assiduously to secure Borno State. Even though you are in thousands, there is no amount of support that is too much considering the sacrifices you make. As early as 6a.m., many of you are on our streets sweeping. Many of you are involved with the cleaning of our communities before reconstructions. We recognize that your contributions are very essential and we thank you so much”, he said.

Also, the Governor announced the release of one bag of rice to each of the volunteers and sanitation workers in addition to the support.

Responding, the Chairman of the Civilian JTF, Baba Lawan, and the Chairman of hunters, Mai Durma, expressed gratitude to Zulum, noting that he has regularly supported those at the front line, those injured and families of those killed in battles.

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