A Seaplane landing on Water
The Bayelsa state government has up to the ante in the development of the Niger Delta Region with the first launching of a seaplane in the state and subsequent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MOU with Bristow Helicopters for the operation of seaplane transportation in the State.
Governor Seriake Dickson while witnessing the launching of the first seaplane at the Grand Pavilion and Boat Club Oxbow Lake in Yenagoa reiterated the resolve of his administration to provide safe, affordable and quality services to the residents of the state as well as visitors to the state.
The governor disclosed that the adoption of the seaplane initiative was to alleviate the pains and agony of the residents of the state who pass through harrowing experiences in order to get to other states. The seaplane transportation according to the governor will address this difficulty. During the ceremony, the crowd gave a roar of approval when the first seaplane with registration number 5N-BIW landed in the OX-Bow Lake to the applause of the spectators.
Governor Seriake Dickson with Signed MOU
Governor Dickson used the occasion of the seaplane launch to call on private investors both local and foreign to invest in the state assuring that the state was safe and well equipped with infrastructures to welcome prospective investors.
According to Dickson” Today, we are here to witness a seaplane land in Yenagoa in furtherance of our objective of taking Bayelsa to the world and bringing the world to Bayelsa. “Our state is prepared to partner with private investors as it is prepared and open to business. Bayelsa is the world best kept secret and that is why we will keep creating a conducive environment for the private sector to come here to unveil the secret and tap the potentials that abound”.
According to the governor “The services Bristow would provide is to take our people right from Yenagoa to Lagos, Abuja and to all our communities. This seaplane can land both on water and on the runway. I, therefore, urged all our people to come to Oxbow Lake to board the seaplane to your destinations instead of traveling to other states to board an airplane.
Governor Seriake Dickson
He also revealed that the partnership with Bristow Helicopters is targeted towards boosting tourism, business operations and will also reduce travel time from Yenagoa to Lagos and Abuja. It would also compliment the Heliport services which was recently launched in the state for the ease of traveling out from the state by Bayelsa residents.
Continuing Dickson said” I am told their services will be affordable, as you all can attest our state has changed for good. In the next two years, we would still be consolidating for more positive change. I can assure you that you haven’t seen anything yet. Dickson still wallowing in the euphoria of a 6th-year-anniversary celebration of his administration vowed to complete and put to use the Bayelsa International cargo airport in Yenagoa this year.
The terms of the partnership between Bayelsa State and Bristow Helicopters will enable Bristow Helicopters to make use of the two facilities of the state government being the OX-Bow Lake and King A P Diette Spiff Heliport to transport residents and visitors from the state with the seaplane and helicopters from Yenagoa to Lagos, Abuja, and other destinations.