The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has contributed N11m for the education of the eight children of his deceased police orderly, Inspector Mohammed Azare.
Azare, who hailed from Bauchi State, collapsed and died last week Monday at the entrance of the Government House in Maiduguri.
Shettima, made a personal donation of N5m to the fund, the state Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, contributed N1m, commissioners gathered N2m while chairmen of the 27 local government areas in the state contributed N100,000 each bringing their contributions to N2.7m.
A total of N10.7m has so far been raised. Aside the fund, the late orderly’s family was placed on a monthly feeding allowance by the governor.
Shettima also created a committee that comprised a representative of the late orderly’s extended family, one of his closest friends, and a security official to manage the funds gathered as joint signatory to a dedicated bank account for the purpose of funding the education of the children over a period of time.
The governor also released fund to an aide to settle all debts the late orderly might be owing anyone in line with Islamic rites.
Shettima also directed that the late orderly’s widow be allowed to retain her husband’s apartment in the Government House till the end of his tenure or such a time an alternative arrangement would be made for them.
A government delegation was sent to Azare by the governor last Tuesday to condole with the extended family members of the deceased.
Shettima had attended the deceased’s funeral in Maiduguri on Tuesday and received condolences from the Shehu of Borno, the state executive members of the All Progressives Congress, and some officials.
The governor described the late Azare as one of the finest policemen he had ever known, describing him as extremely dedicated and God-fearing throughout the time they worked together since his first term in 2011.
The late policeman was said to have spent about 26 years in the force before his death.