Borno Governor Rolls Out Motivational Packages For Civilian Jtf To Curb Suicide Attacks

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 30, (THEWILL) – The Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday rolled out motivational package for volunteer youth vigilance group in the state, better known as Civilian JTF, as a way of stemming the recent tide of suicide bomb attacks which has claimed over 40 lives during the siege on the state capital Maiduguri.

The Governor, who called a meeting with the group to strategize on ways to curb the latest terror attacks, said he has realized that the beauty of the welfare package to the volunteers can measure up to their sacrifice and service to their fatherland.

He noted that despite its meagre resource, the state government is left with no option but to expend whatever it takes to ensure that the volunteers are given befitting allowances, equipped and highly motivated.

Shettima further directed that a bonus of N20m be paid to the volunteers even as he ordered that any backlog of ‎allowances be paid immediately.

He equally directed the Ministry of Health to put a system in place that would guarantee free medical attention to all youth volunteers in all public hospitals in the state. He also ordered the supply of more patrol vehicles to the volunteers.

“We are all eternally indebted to you‎ and we thank you most sincerely for the sacrifices you have made for us to have peace in this part of the world. I want to assure you that once the dust settles down, once this madness is over, we have the Herculean task of creating jobs, of engaging the multitude of youths who stood firm and ensure that we have peace in this part of the world,” he said.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in ending the Boko Haram insurgency and for his role towards restructuring the military, the Governor said: “I have to pay a special tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari, he has shown the zeal, the courage, the passion and the commitment to bring about peace in this part of the world.

“Our military men and women are now adequately armed and supported so that they can carry out their task, they have so far recorded great successes notwithstanding some attacks being carried out by insurgents on soft targets. Insha Allah, Boko Haram will be over very soon.”

In their reaction, leader of the youth vigilance group, Baba Lawan Jaafar pledged the continued commitment of his members to supporting the military in the fight against insurgency in Borno State.

He said they were motivated by Governor Shettima’s support for them over the years, revealing that: “We have also changed our tactics and strategies. By the grace of God, we are going to resist their new tactics of inflicting havoc.”