The Joint Task Force (JTF) has donated a borehole to Akipelai community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.
Commissioning the borehole, the mother of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs Eunice Jonathan lauded the Force for donating a borehole in her native community.
Mrs Eunice Jonathan also commended the JTF Commander, Emmanuel Atewe, for his efforts towards eradicating illegalities in the Niger Delta region.
She however urged youths of the community to protect the borehole against vandalism.
In his opening remarks, Atewe, applauded the community for not indulging oil theft, which he described as economic sabotage against the federal government.
“The people of Akipelai are in total support of this fight and we must continue to identify with them by supporting them in the area we can,” he said.
“We are donating this as a mark of appreciation to this community for not involving in illegal oil bunkering and oil theft.”
He also urged the people to continue supporting the task force to carry out its mandate in the Niger Delta, and promised to donate some sporting kits to the community.
Also the chairman Akipelai council of chiefs, Meni Etuere Owolo, thanked the JTF for its “military, social and institutional responsibility to the community”.
He pledged the community’s support in the fight against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the area.