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Work started on new cargo airport in Nigeria

Bayelsa, the Nigerian state with territory encompassing much of the oil-rich Niger Delta, has begun groundwork on a new international cargo airport in the African country.

As the home state of president, Goodluck Jonathan, Bayelsa in the south is increasingly the host of nationwide events, many of which require improved access by air.

The Bayelsa state government says sand-filling work has been completed at the site of the state-owned international cargo airport project at Amassoma.

Once completed, the airport will provide connections between the rapidly-growing state and the rest of Nigeria, and neighbouring regions.

State commissioner for works and infrastructure, Barrister Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the disclosure yesterday while leading a delegation of the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on an inspection tour of the site, which is under construction.

The commissioner explained that, civil and other construction related works will commence as soon the sand, which is still sedimenting, as a result of the peculiar terrain of the area, settles down.

He added that, construction of vertical drains that facilitate the sedimentation process will also start soon.

In his remarks, the leader of the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) delegation, engineer Daniel Nkemakolam, says the visit was “fulfilling its oversight responsibilities”.

Describing the visit as a technical one, he explained the team will also look at the structure as well the documents relating to the project, with a view to giving the needed expert advice.

He further disclosed that, NCAA experts will study the documents to ensure that they comply with international safety standards, adding the visit will be a “continuous exercise” until the project is completed.

The NCAA is affiliate of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) of the US, the World Meteorological Organisation, and undergoes assessment from these organisations on a regular basis.

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