Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, yesterday assured the people of the state that the first airplane would land at the state’s international airport by June this year.
The governor said funds had been set aside for the completion of the project with a 3.5-kilometre runway. He also said that government expected the Chinese $6 billion investment in the Brass Fertilizer Project to come into the state which would further boost the state’s economy.
The governor, in a press statement signed by his spokesman, Mr. Francis Otta Agbo, gave the assurance while speaking at the Monthly Praise Night in Yenagoa. Dickson said the airport project which was the brainchild of his administration had now been scheduled for completion by the second quarter of this year as the earlier date for completion, 2019, was too late.
He expressed government’s commitment to ensure prudent management of its finances towards focusing on the task of delivering the airport project, noting that there was still more work to be done particularly in the area of constructing a network of roads and bridges to open up the state.
He said: “There is still work to be done, there are still more roads to be built, we have to take the Sagbama Road to Ekeremor.”
According to Governor Dickson, former President Olusegun Obasanjo will be in the state in the next two weeks to commission some of the state’s first class medical investments as well as the Bayelsa Health Service Programme for workers.