Governor Douye Diri of Rivers State has announced that the Bayelsa State-owned airport is ready for commercial flight operations.
He disclosed this when he made an unexpected visit to the facility ahead of a final certification visitation by the country’s aviation regulatory authorities on March 30.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Wednesday, was quoted as saying that the state government had provided every needed facilities for the smooth take-off of operations at the airport.
Dirk said: “I have spent over one year on this project after taking over from my predecessor in office, Senator Seriake Dickson, who initiated it. What we are doing now is dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. So far, I think every requirement is on ground.
“I believe when the inspection teams from the aviation authorities come, they would be satisfied with what we have done and grant us the licence for commercial use of the airport.”
He therefore expressed optimism that commercial activities would begin at the airport, after the inspection and final submission of the reports.
The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Moses Teibowei, on his visit to the facility head.
Others are his Information, Orientation and Strategy counterpart, Ayibaina Duba, Managing Director of the Bayelsa Airport, Captain Bunmi Williams and other top government functionaries.