Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno, gave N100 million to 152 youths who renounced thuggery on Friday.
At the disbursement exercise in Maiduguri, Mr Zulum explained that the gesture was to assist youths in engaging in productive activities and contributing to the development of the state.
16 of the 16 beneficiaries who attended the one-month entrepreneurship training will receive N2 million each as seed capital, while 136 others will receive N500,000 each.
According to him, recipients are expected to repay 50 percent of the money given to them within three years.
In addition to the scholarship awards, the governor announced that the state government would sponsor the education of one child from each beneficiary family.
“You engaged in thuggery for many years but have nothing to show, with what we are giving you if you have good intention and the will to change, you’ll change for the better,” he said.
In his remarks, Saina Buba, Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Empowerment, said the beneficiaries had been supported under a special programme tagged: “Super Youth Entrepreneurship Training.
“It is the first time in the state that many of the youths who engaged in thuggery since 1999 would be trained and get support. We hope it will go a long way in addressing thuggery in the state,” he said.
The repentant thugs were trained in animal fattening, fisheries, poultry, entrepreneurial skills and e-business, according to Mustapha Mohammed, Director of Entrepreneurship, Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri.