Bayelsa State Government has revealed that the first cargo plane will land in the state in October 2015.
The government reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that the ongoing state cargo airport at Amassomma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state was ready for use by that time.
State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, made this known this to journalists in Yenagoa on Monday after inspecting the progress of work at the airport.
The commissioner said, “The cargo airport will enable us to key into global economy development; and we are still standing by our October 2015 for the first plane to land here in Bayelsa
“It is not the ordinary regular passenger airport; work is seriously going on at the site and over two kilometres of the runway have been sand filled.
“And what we need is about 3.5 kilometres. The contractors have also started the vertical drains which make the sand easier to settle.”
He said the long term benefit of the airport was unprecedented, stressing that markets around the East and South would come to the airport when completed directly.
Ewhrudjakpor said that the importance of infrastructure, especially airport to growing economy all over the world could not be over-emphasised.
He added, “The state government is embarking on roads, bridges and tourism development aimed at wooing local and foreign investors.
“Construction is ongoing at Ogobi-Toruebeni bridge in Sagbama LGA; the bridge will link the central district of Bayelsa to the West Senatorial District.
“Connecting communities will boost agribusiness, making farm products easily to be transported to the cities across the nation.”
He said what the state government was actually doing in the first phase was to hit Ebini, Toruebeni and other communities, adding that the second phase was to link Akede community to other urban communities in the state.