NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
In line with its social responsibility approach to rural communities in the Niger Delta, the Commander, Joint Military Task Force (JTF), Code named; Operation PULO SHIELD, in Niger Delta, Major General Emmanuel Atewe has sunk and donated a bore hole amenity to President Goodluck Jonathan’s maternal home at Akipelai Community in Ogbia, Bayelsa state.
The borehole was sited at the premises of Akipelia Community Secondary School and was commissioned by Mrs. Eunice Jonathan, mother of the President, who hails from Akipelia community in Ogbia.
The Joint Military Task force JTF is an outfit armed with the responsibility of fighting against illegal oil bunkering and oil thefts including other related social vices in the region.
Speaking shortly after the commissioning, Mrs Eunice Jonathan thanked the Commander for his efforts towards eradication of illegalities in the Niger Delta region.
Mother Jonathan also lauded Major Gen Atewe for the professional approach in carrying out the mandate of the Task Force and called the people of the community to give him all the support he will need to fight oil theft, just as she called on the youth of the community to protect the facility against vandalism.
Earlier in his remarks, JTF Commander, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe commended the community for toeing the line of his Zero Tolerance Campaign against illegalities in the community by not indulging in any act of economic sabotage against the Federal Government of Nigeria.
’’The people of Akipelai are in total support of this fight and we must continue to identify with them by supporting in the area we can. We are donating this as a mark of appreciation to this community for not involving in illegal oil bunkering and oil theft,’’ he said.
The General, therefore, called on the people of the region to continue to support the Task Force to carry out its mandate in the Niger Delta. ‘
According to him, “’Illegal oil bunkering and oil theft degrades the ecological system thereby creating a health hazard to the inhabitants of the community. It is an act capable of causing health damages,’’.
Also speaking, Chairman Akipelai Council of Chiefs, Chief Meni Etuere Owolo ,thanked JTF Commander for what he described as Military social and institutional responsibility to the community and promised the community’s support in the fight against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the area.