Bayelsa agog as commercial flight into international airport commences

By Editor on 16/06/2021

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Douye Diri (middle), Okonkwo (2nd right), Awute (2nd left), and other officials at the event

With the  the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and United Nigeria Airlines on Wednesday, Bayelsa State International Airport would commence commercial flight operations next month.

The state Governor, Douye Diri told his audience at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa,  that he was happy by the first airport in the heart of the Ijaw nation, describing it as a dream come true for founding fathers of the state.

Diri, stressing the significance of the event, noted that the signing of the MoU signalled the  commencement of flight operations at the airport in July, and would open the state to the world and a lot of opportunities.

To enable the airport commence night operations, the governor directed the Commissioner for Works to put modalities in place to install the runway lights, which he said had already been procured, commending his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for the initiative to embark on the construction and completion of the airport.

The governor, who also appreciated the Nigeria Content   Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for agreeing to partner with the state government,  appealed to other corporate organisations and the international oil companies to equally partner with the state to develop the airport.

He said: "I like to thank God for today. We have been looking forward to this day that the Bayelsa State International Airport would come on stream for commercial flights like every other airport in Nigeria.

"Today marks the end of our search for a partner that would move this state to its desired place in the aviation sector. I want to announce to you that the state government has been searching for partners in terms of the MoU we have just signed. One of such partners that has agreed to join hands with the state government is the NCDMB." 

Diri equally thanked Bayelsans for their support for making the day a reality. 

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Konbowei Benson, signed on behalf of the government and witnessed by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo  (SAN) while the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer, Mazi Osita Okonkwo and the Director of Administration/Special Adviser to the Chairman, Linus Awute, represented the company.

In April this year, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave approval to the state government for the airport to commence commercial flight operation




Posted on June, 16 2021

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