Members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly have rated high the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, high over his prudent management of state resources and completion of the multi-billion naira 3.5kilometre state International airport.
According to the members of the State House of Assembly, though similar projects were initiated by past administrations with over N70billion voted in 2005 without visible work, Governor Dickson with an approval of N40billion has completed a 3.5kilometre runway airport project,describing the project as strategic to boosting the economy of the state and the entire Niger Delta region.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, who made the remark during a tour of the project with other members of the assembly, commended Governor Dickson for the prudent management of the N40billion approved by the House for the project, which he noted, has facilitated the completion of the airport.
The Speaker, who was visibly elated, expressed satisfaction with the quality of the project, noting that the airport, which is slated for commissioning next month, would open Bayelsa to the world for business and social activities.
According to him: “The governor sought for N40billion approval from the House of Assembly, in order to build this facility here, and we graciously approved it. We are happy today that what we approved has come into fruition.
“In the past, this same House of Assembly in 2005 or thereabouts approved N70billion for different projects, but none of them came into fruition. But Governor Seriake Dickson has used N40billion to achieve this great project.
“We are happy that we can now travel to Europe, America, India and the rest of the world direct from here. We are ready to cooperate with him to do what is needful to move Bayelsa to the next level.”
In his contribution, Leader of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Peter Akpe described the airport project as a dream come true, which every well-meaning Bayelsan and lover of the state will celebrate for a long time to come.
He also lauded the Governor and the supervising Ministry, under the able leadership of the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Barr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor for the vision and commitment towards the completion of the airport.
Also speaking, Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Mitema Obordor, described the airport as a mega project that, would impact positively on the lives of the people, investors as well as tourists and applauded the supervising Ministry for not compromising standards.
In their separate remarks, the Chief Whip, Hon. Tonye Isenah and Chairman, House Committee on Works, Hon. Monday Obolo-Bubou gave kudos to the Dickson-led administration for justifying the approval.
The duo said, they were highly impressed with the performance of the Governor, stressing that, it is only leaders, who have passion to do the right thing that could dare all obstacles to single-handedly build such a facility in a difficult terrain and challenging economic circumstances.