Bayelsa airport runway

The former Governor of Edo State and the Chairman of All Progressive Congress APC Adams Oshiomole has come down hard on Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state over the uncommissioned Bayelsa Airport project which was scheduled to be commissioned this month but found to have been flooded because of heavy rains.

Oshiomole accused the Bayelsa state governor of wasting almost N100 billion on the construction of runway for the state airport. Oshiomole spoke on Thursday in Abuja after a meeting with the governors of Kebbi and Jigawa states Atiku Bagudu and Mohammed Badaru as well as the former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.

According to Oshimole, Gov Dickson should blame himself and not President Buhari for the flooded runway which had not opened for business up till now.

Oshiomole accused Dickson of lying that the Federal government shut the airport to rob him of the glory ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State stating that nothing could be further than the truth.

 

Adams Oshiomole

According to Oshiomple “You know, the fact that Bayelsa airport has been flooded. Is it Buhari that flooded the airport?. It is flooded because the runway is below the ground level. They ought to have carried out a proper survey. So, the runway is flooded because it was not built properly.

“We challenge Dickson to use his own plane for a test and land on that airport. We challenge Dickson to prove that, when the airport was flooded, the flood was caused by Buhari, we challenge him to show the kind of control tower he has built”.

Oshiomhole accused the governor of building the most expensive runway in the world and yet could not serve the people. He said. “Was it Buhari that asked him to inflate the contract because there are different versions of the actual cost. I put it to my dear friend and brother, Dickson that that contract has entered the Guinness book of record as the most expensive runway ever built anywhere in the world.

“So, the truth is, he‘s in trouble. He cannot tell his people why he would spend close to N100bn for a facility such as that. Yet, he himself cannot land on it.”