Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has debunked the claims by the Nationwide Chairman òf the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that the Bayelsa Worldwide Airport was flooded and was constructed at a value of over N100 billion.
The governor mentioned whereas talking with journalists throughout an inspection tour of the brand new airport, that the challenge was constructed at a value of lower than N70billion by probably the greatest Engineering and Building companies within the nation, Dantata and Sawoe.
He mentioned that the sand filling of the airport challenge was undertaken by one other extremely respected agency, West Minister Dredging Worldwide, which delivered after sustained work for over a yr.
The governor described the Bayelsa Worldwide Airport, which has a 3.5 kilometer runway and outfitted with some navigational gear and different services within the aviation sector, as among the many finest within the nation.
The governor in a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Fidelis Soriwei, urged Bayelsans and Nigerians to disregard the lies of a determined political management of the AAPC which was out to demarket the airport for apparent political causes.
He urged the APC Nationwide Chairman, and different leaders of the party to stop enjoying politics with the event of Bayelsa and her people.
He mentioned that it was a grievous sin for leaders of the APC who had at all times performed politics with the event of the Bayelsa and the Ijaw people to return out to stifle the developmental efforts of the government.
Dickson mentioned that the airport had not been given its operational license not because of lack of the wanted services however for causes that must do with the forthcoming gubernatorial election within the state, scheduled for November 16, 2019
He urged the APC political management to chorus from the deliberate try and frustrate the Airport challenge because of assumed political advantages as the airport was meant not solely to serve the PDP or the APC however your entire Niger Delta and Nigeria.
The Governor additionally referred to as on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority and different regulatory companies to stick strictly to straightforward observe within the sector by refusing to play pointless politics with the crucial challenge and situation the required approval for the airport to begin the awaited operations.
He harassed that the final report from the regulatory our bodies didn’t elevate any security concern that ought to deprive the power of the requisite operation license as said by the technical workforce coping with the our bodies.
The Governor mentioned that the state government would lead Bayelsans and the Ijaw to fee the airport in December and put it to make use of within the curiosity of òf the people.
He mentioned that the price of building of the airport which is lower than N70 billion together with acquisition, clearing, sand-filling, building, the terminal constructing, the fireplace bay, the management tower and state-òf-the-art services and others was not completely different from different airports in terrains higher than that of Bayelsa.
As an example, the proposed challenge price for the Ido-Osun Airport within the APC managed Osun State as at October, 2017 was N69 billion.
He mentioned: “We’re right here on a facility tour of our 3.5 km runway airport, the Bayelsa Worldwide Airport and you’ll see that opposite to the declare by the Nationwide Chairman and leaders of the APC, the Airport is just not flooded and can by no means be flooded.
“ I’ll like your entire state, most people and your entire nation to know the peak of propaganda that has been bandied sadly round this excellent challenge designed to serve our people, the Ijaw nation and Nigerians.
“You might be all on the runway with me proper now. You could have additionally seen the peak of the dredging which was carried out for over one yr by West Minster Dredging Worldwide in response to worldwide finest practices.
“I can perceive for individuals who have no idea the peculiar terrain of this state; it’s on this close to unimaginable terrain that we now have delivered on this excellent challenge crucial to the event of our people.
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“What isn’t pardonable is that leaders of the APC, who had a chance to do that a number of years in the past, however would fairly swindle our people, deceive them and play 419 with them are out to discredit it for political benefit.
“ We aren’t speaking about that. We got here right here to work for our people. I name on the people of Bayelsa and Ijaw nation to know their true enemies and as soon as once more reject them on the polls on the 16th of this month.
The Undertaking Supervisor of Dantata and Sawoe Building Firm, Engr. Andrea Battistelli, mentioned the three.5 kilometre customary runway was constructed to worldwide customary to accommodate large airplanes in response to specs including that the airport is just not vulnerable to flooding.
Additionally in his speech, Managing Director of the Bayelsa Worldwide Airport, Mr. Jari Williams, famous that the runway has the capability to take Boeing 747 plane.
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