Foundation offers children of slain officers scholarships
By Chuks Uzochukwu, Owerri
A non-governmental organization, Caleb and Greg Foundation (CAGG) has announced its plan to offer scholarships to children of security personnel who were killed during the recent security crisis across the country.
The foundation said the motive among other social welfare packages, were to boost the morale of the security agents cum enhance their determination to effective service delivery.
The President, Barr. Olusegun Bamgbose who disclosed this in a press conference held in Owerri, yesterday, said they have begun the collection of data of the affected children for the education programme.
He said the programme, commencing next academic year, would cover at least two children of each deceased officer.
He said, “the worsening security situation in the country is no doubt, taking a toll on our security agents in the country. Almost on daily basis, we are losing our men to the growing insecurity in Nigeria.
“Our security agents are now exposed to danger, they have become endangered species, no thanks to the activities of bandits, unknown gunmen, insurgents, hoodlums, and what have you.
“Unfortunately, widows of these slain security men are left traumatized and frustrated. Some of their children drop out of school for their inability to pay their school fees. This should be a major concern to all Nigerians. Our security men are our heroes. They must be encouraged and empowered to meritoriously serve the country.
“This period is certainly one of the most trying times for our security men. They have been overstretched beyond the limit. The challenges facing them are so overwhelming.”
He continued, “as citizens of Nigeria, and concerned about the welfare of our security men, we have decided to come up with God Bless Our Security Agents (GBOSA) Program through the Caleb and Greg Foundation, CAGG Foundation of which I am the President.
“We shall ensure that at least 2 children of any slain officer be offered scholarships. The Foundation will also take care of the medical bills of any security agents whose wives deliver twins or more.
“Other things being equal, come 2023, Security officers will be entitled to at least one free meal a day. In addition as a result of our commitment to encourage the police, the Foundation will come up with an award for the best Commissioner of Police in Nigeria come 2022.
“The maiden award will come up by December 2022.The sum of One million naira will be given out to the best CP of the year. Our Foundation shall soon communicate our intentions to President Buhari and other security agencies.
“All hands must be on deck to encourage and empower our security agents to put in their best at this most challenging and crucial period in Nigeria.”