The former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylva, has expressed concern over the non-listing of the N80billion cargo airport built by the present administration in the state by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), alleging that the building of the Bayelsa cargo airport is deceitful and fraudulent.
Chief Timipre Sylva, however, challenged the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, to stop deceiving Bayelsans and prove that the state cargo airport is completed, commissioned and in use by flying to and from the Airport.
The Bayelsa former governor, who made this known while addressing friends, colleagues, APC stakeholders, well wishers and close associates in Yenagoa, during the occasion of his 55th birthday celebration, alleged that after spending such outrageous monies on a project that is not feasible, he(Dickson), still flies and lands in Port Harcourt airport instead of using the airport he claimed to have built.
Sylva claimed to have been shocked when he went to hire a plane at a particular occasion to travel down to Bayelsa but he was told that there is no airport in the state, noting that it’s high time questions were asked on the true status of the airport.
“Yes, the current governor has done a few things but the airport which is a great idea is surrounded by deceits and fraud. When Dickson wants to travel in a private jet he goes to Port Harcourt instead of using the airport he claimed to have built
‘At a particular occasion we heard the project cost was 100 billion, then later he (Dickson) claimed it was 80 billion, then when I took him on based on the frivolous figures, he quickly reversed the figure and said 65 billion.
‘He doesn’t even know the cost of the project because of his hidden agenda, and even with the figures let him land in the airport which is for Bayelsa, at least we have an airport which has been completed and working. He should tell us the true story behind the airport.
‘Look at Isaac Adaka Boro express road, has been under construction for 8 years, I wonder what kind of road is that, we don’t know who the contractor is and what has been spent on it. Yenagoa has become a dark city, like a city in the dark ages. Hunger is now walking on the street of Yenagoa in the form of insecurity.
‘You can’t walk on the street of Yenagoa freely because of insecurity, but the time for change has come, the time for division has ended, Ijaw people must be united because we are the same people with the same culture’.
‘This is not how a state capital should be, Yenagoa is dirty, dark, smelling and flooded. Bayelsa is a state that should be developed than the level it is today’.