Bayelsa State has joined the league of states in Nigeria with an airport. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 will not be forgotten easily by the people of Bayelsa and this time it is not because of a crime that makes ears tingle, but of something good that will add value to Nigeria's economy from that region. 

Governor Dickson had few days ago announced the commissioning and arrival of the first flights, at the just concluded Bayelsa International [Cargo] Airport.

The thought of seeing an airplane land on the soil of Bayelsa, brought joy to the hearts of most indigenes.

Security personnel stood guard at strategic places, while men of Doo-Akpo operatives manned the entrance of the airport. Police officers on camouflage safeguarded the departure, while the army took charge of the run way.

By 12:00 noon, women dressed in colourful attires arrived in buses at the airport located at Amassoma even as Owigiri music blasted from big speakers positioned under canopies.

Bayelsa Cargo Airport


Those who walked into the departure lounge were searched and their belongings screened with the aid of a computer screening machine.

By exactly 1:08 p.m., the first flight, which belonged to Air Peace was sighted in the sky which sent the crowd into a frenzy with joy. Security officers fought hard to keep the crowd from running into the runway.

When it eventually landed, people were allowed to run towards it.

The door swung open and Governor Dickson accompanied by his wife, Dr. Rachael Dickson, and some dignitaries, stepped out to the stairway as shouts of 'Ofuruma Pepe, the pride of Ijaw Nation!' rent the air.

Smiling, the Valentine Governor waved in response as he alighted from the Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number, SNBUV.

Bayelsa International Airport

The cultural troupe danced to welcome him and celebrate his 7th year in office. 

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While the dance and jubilation happened, some APC members expressed displeasure over the governor's decision to build the airport. 

Frowning, Mr Ongolo Patrick, a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC), told Bounce News that money spent in building the airport should have been used to build companies and industries which will create jobs for Bayelsans.

"See people that do not have visa and international passports, dancing.

"Soon, they will understand when Dickson refuses to employ their children to work here.

Bayelsa International Airport

"I can imagine how much has been embezzled through this project," he alleged.

Mrs Happiness Egberi, however, disagreed with him. 

"Our 'talk na do Governor' has done it again. This is a promise kept. 

"First, he took roads to Nembe and Sagbama-Ekeremor.

"Our Great White Shark, doo o! she greeted.

Meanwhile flight attendant, Mr Charles Zebulun, a native of Oporoma who was among the 1,000 graduates who received their appointment letters on January 29, was seen working at the runway.

In all, business owners expressed pleasure that the airport will boost economic activities for them.

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