To address water scarcity, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has commissioned five hand-pump boreholes in five Taraba communities at the border with Benue State.
The boreholes were sunk by the Department of Civil-Military Cooperation under the office of CDS.
Two of the boreholes were sited at Wukari new site and Rafinkada in Wukari Council, while one is located in Akate, Donga Council with two others in Chanchaji and Takum communities of Takum Council of the state.
Speaking during the commissioning, General Olonisakin stated that the projects were sited at the various points to address the water needs of the benefiting communities in addition to the security being provided in the areas.
The CDS, who was represented by Rear Admiral Abdul Adamu, maintained that the project was initiated by the military as one of the ways to pay back the peaceful communities, assuring that such-quick- back projects are scattered across the country, including Benue State.
He urged benefitting communities to guard and protect those facilities in their domain and live in peace so as to attract more developments, saying there can be no meaningful development if there is no peace and security.
The CDS promised to reward communities living in peace and harmony with one another with more needed facilities that could add value to the lives of the people.
In his speech, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku commended the CDS for providing water projects in the benefitting communities.