APC, monarchs disagree over state’s airport project
THE Ekiti Council of Traditional Rulers and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the economic importance of Ado Ekiti airport project being embarked upon by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
While the monarchs believe the project will help hasten economic development in the state, the APC described it as a “conduit pipe to siphon the resources of the state” that will end like poultry projects executed by Fayose during his first term in office.
But a statement by the traditional rulers in Ado-Ekiti signed by the Chairman, the Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, Oba Oladapo Oyebade, the monarchs said the project, which was approved by the Presidency in 2010, must start without further delay.
Council appreciates the new move by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose to pursue this worthy cause to logical conclusions. Council uses this opportunity to remind the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria of an earlier appeal by the good people of Ekiti State at the Ewi’s Palace during his presidential campaign visit to Ekiti State on this subject. Council uses this medium to solicit the support of Mr. President for the execution and completion of the project.
We also appeal to Ekiti sons and daughters and well wishers across the globe for their full support. Now is the time for all good people of Ekiti to support this project for the promotion of the socio-economic emancipation of our beloved Ekiti State,” the statement read.
But the APC in a statement yesterday said “the promotion of elite project while neglecting initiatives for the growth of local economy for the masses of the agrarian state was insensitive, wicked and selfish, noting that the promoter of the project had no motive other than the “characteristic flight of the state funds” in such capital projects that have little or no hope for the local economy.“
Criticising some community leaders for their accomplice role in the project mainly planned for the fancy of the few who see Ekiti State as their private property, APC’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the governor, had in a desperate move, embarked on begging and cajoling some first class traditional rulers with mouth-watering offers to support “this wasteful venture”.
Of what economic sense and use is an airport to the economy of Ekiti when the Akure Airport is less than one hour drive to Ado Ekiti? What has been the positive economic impact of the Akure airport on the economy of Ondo State, which has hundreds of big industries compared to Ekiti with none?” Olatunbosun queried, wondering why the governor could not learn anything on the poor state of Ibadan Airport in that highly industrialised city.
A governor that prefers an airport that risks lack of patronage to infrastructure development that will be beneficial to the people is a governor that doesn’t care about the welfare of his people.
“It shows that Fayose can never change his profligate tendencies because this is the same way he embarked on the needless poultry project that gulped N1.3 billion over which he is still standing trial in court,” he added.