Yenagoa -The Bayelsa Government says withdrawal of Federal Government from its airport project is worrisome and delaying the project.
Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, expressed the concern on Thursday during a tour of some ongoing projects embarked on by Gov. Seriake Dickson.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tour was aimed at showing a group of visiting investors some of the projects with a view to bringing investment partnerships with the government.
Ewhrudjakpo alleged that the Federal Government, which had obliged to build the terminal building of the airport, left construction site about two years ago.
“The terminal building is being handled by the Federal Government.
“As you are aware, the Federal Government has left site for almost two years running now or more, so that’s not a project we have control over”, he said.
Ewhrudjakpo said that the Dickson’s government would construct a temporary terminal building which would later be converted to an executive protocol lounge.
He said that the government was optimistic some aircraft could land at the airport in November this year after a test-run would have been carried out with the aid of a mobile control tower.
“So, what we are trying to do in the recent past is that we are going to build a small temporary terminal building which we will convert to executive protocol lounge.
“Anytime the Federal Government wants to build their terminal building, we can actually allow them build it.
“But we are going to build a temporary one; we will build something like the helipad terminal building, but slightly bigger than the helipad because we have arrival and departure.
“By the time we want to do the test run, we will bring a mobile control tower.
“With a mobile control tower, they can tell the plane to land. So, it will enable plane to land because we are still constructing the control tower,” Ewhrudjakpo said.
According to him, the government is in a hurry to test-run the airport to prove a point that not one naira of this project has been diverted from this project.
“Some people have said that the governor used the money for re-election. If he used it for election, the contractors would have even left site now,” he said. (NAN)