‘Petition writers delay release of Bayelsa airport licence’

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The Manager of Bayelsa International Airport, Elizabeth Daitare-Akpama, has blamed internal wrangling among indigenes of Bayelsa State on the delay in acquiring operational licence for the take-off of Bayelsa International airport.

Daitare-Akpama who made the remark at a meeting with the Airport Management and service providers at the Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Capital, described the action of petition writers in connection with the venture as worrisome and counter-productive.

But the State Government says it is making last ditch efforts to acquire the operational license for the commencement of commercial flights by the end of 2021.

The State deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo disclosed this at the meeting.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the deputy Governor, expressed optimism that the state government would work hard towards meeting the target just as he sued for the cooperation of the people.

He warned those who have launched vile-press criticisms against the project to desist from such act in the interest of peace and development.

Ewhrudjakpo appealed to the relevant federal agencies to expedite action on the take-off of the Bayelsa Airport and cautioned the Airport Staff especially the Civil servants against acts that are inimical to the rules of their employment as government would not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions against anyone found culpable.

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“You have been in that airport for about a year or even more and the Airport is not operating. Ordinarily, I think that should concern you and everyone of us instead of writing petitions.

“You cannot be in the employment of the Civil service and begin to write about that civil service negatively. If you have any complaints, there are channels to address such. Social media is not the right place.

“The social media is not there for you to go and write about your boss. If you do that, you have violated your terms of employment. You must know the consequences because we will not hesitate to invoke them. So, this is the last warning, particularly to those of us who are social media freaks.

“The take-off of our Airport should be the concern of all of us seated here and indeed every Bayelsan.

Representatives of the service providers and regulating agencies including the Airport Fire Service, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), attended the meeting.

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