The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has debunked the claim by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the Bayelsa International Airport was flooded and was built at a cost of over N100 billion.
The Governor said while speaking with journalists during an inspection tour of the new airport, that it was built with less than N70 billion by one of the best engineering and construction firms in the country, Dantata and Sawoe.
He said that the sand filling of the massive airport project was undertaken by another highly reputable firm, West Minister Dredging International, which delivered after sustained work for over a year.
The Governor described the Bayelsa International Airport, which has a 3.5 kilometre runway and equipped with some of the best navigational equipment and other facilities in the aviation sector, as among the best in the country.
He urged Bayelsans and Nigerians to ignore the “lies of a desperate political leadership of the All Progressives Congress,” which he said was out to de-market the airport for obvious political reasons.
He urged the APC National Chairman and other leaders of the party to stop playing politics with the development of Bayelsa and her people.
He said that it was a grievous sin for leaders of the APC who had always played politics with the development of Bayelsa and the Ijaw people to come out to stifle the developmental efforts of the government.
Governor Dickson said that the airport had not been given its operational license not because of lack of the needed facilities but for reasons that have to do with the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state scheduled for November 16, 2019.
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