Bayelsa State governor Douye Diri said the approval has been ‘slow and wildly’ beginning since the administration of his predecessor which accused Abuja of playing politics with the project
Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has approved commercial flights in Bayesa State built International Airport after years in wait.
State governor Douye Diri said approval process has been wildly and began since the administration of his predecessor and into his one year in office, Tribune reports.
Approval is contained in the recent letter presented by the Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Nuhu Musa presented the approval letter to the Bayelsa State Governor, Diri at the Government House, Yenagoa.
Government said the approval is following NCAA inspections that showed that the airport met all air safety standards
“This is a dream come true for our state and our people. I thank God Almighty because this journey had been a winding one from my immediate past predecessor and I have been in the saddle for over a year waiting for this licence. Today, God made it possible,” Diri said.
With a couple of days to the end of his tenure, former Governor Seriake Dickson commissioned the multi-billion naira Bayelsa International Airport, knocking NCAA for allegedly playing politics with the project.
Inaugurating the facility in the presence of hundreds of citizens and eminent traditional rulers from Rivers and Bayelsa, Dickson regretted the “lies and unconfirmed rumours that surrounded the project by opposition groups in the state.”
He pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently give the gateway the necessary permits for a smooth take-off. But that licence didn’t come after 2 years.