Posted by News Express | 26 July 2018 | 1,373 times
African university students on Wednesday applauded the leadership of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta for providing security for increased oil production.
The students under the auspices of League of African Development Students (LEADS Africa) bestowed its African Patriotic Personalities Award on Commander of the JTF, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman.
Speaking at the brief investiture ceremony in Yenagoa, leader of the group, Mr Morgan Gabriel noted that the operations of the JTF were crucial to the economic growth and development of Nigeria and the African continent.
He said that the organisation traced the recovery of the Nigerian economy from the recent recession to conducive operational environment due to enhanced security leadership provided by Suleiman.
“The Nigerian economy derives its highest earnings from the oil and gas sector and the task of safeguarding the infrastructure is fundamental to the development of Nigeria and indeed African.
“Nigeria remains a leading nation in Africa and the role that the joint military force has played in tackling oil theft, piracy and militancy are very commendable and that is why we chose to give the award.
“Our recognition is also extended to the entire troops under the Command and we are here to commend you all for discharging your duties proficiently,” Gabriel said.
Responding, Suleiman noted that the award coming less than two months when the JTF received a similar honour was a morale booster to him and the troops.
“This is a call for greater commitment to duty and the results of our operations are being noticed even though we work behind the scenes.
“We shall remain dedicated and resolute in our fight against oil theft and criminality in our area of responsibility,” Suleiman said.
Land air and marine component and unit Commanders of the JTF, Operation Delta Safe witnessed the ceremony at the JTF headquarters, Igbogene area of Yenagoa.
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