Amasoma (Bayelsa) – The Bayelsa Government on Friday re-stated its resolve to complete the ongoing multi billion International Cargo Airport project in the state in November
Mr Lawrence Ewrudjiakpor, the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Development said this in Amasoma, Southern-Ijaw LGA during an inspection tour with some members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly Committee on Works.
The inspection was parts of the Committee’s oversight on some completed and ongoing projects by the Bayelsa State Ministry of Works.
Some of the projects inspected include the International Cargo Airport, the Government House Helipad, Ecumenical Centre, Onopa Villa Resort, State Secretariat Annex 6, Integrated Security Command and Control and others.
Ewrudjiakpor, who described infrastructure as `key’ in driving the economy said the airport could also link Bayelsa to other global businesses.
“Development and infrastructure are like twins; you cannot separate any of them because they are interwoven. If you have infrastructure, then development will follow; investors and tourists will come in.
“I must state that with the available resources, come November, the cargo airport project will be ready for use.
“The present government is ready to provide all needed infrastructure that can attract investors; we want to provide a conducive environment in terms of critical infrastructure that will engender the promotion of investment and tourism’’.
Mr Monday Obolo, Chairman, House Committee on Work, applauded the level of work so far done in completing the ongoing projects, especially the international cargo airport.
Obolo said the plan to complete the airport was the right step, aimed at diversifying the economy through tourism. “We are happy and impressed at what we have seen; we have also seen that our money is being used judiciously.
“I believe that when all these projects are completed, there will be enough jobs for the unemployed youths in the state,” he said.
Mr Edwin Meylink, Project Manager, Dantata and Sawoe Constructions in Bayelsa, handlers of the project said they would work hard to meet up with the completion deadline.
Meylink said the project was about 80 per cent completed. (NAN)