By NBF News

Osun gets FG's support on airport
Sunday, March 07, 2010

Gov. Oyinlola Olagunsoye

The Federal Government on Saturday assured the Osun State government of its support in ensuring the take-off of an airport in the state.

Minister of Aviation, Mr. Babatunde Omotola, said while inspecting the site of the airport, located at Ido-Osun, near Osogbo, the state capital, that the Federal Government's  support for the airport project was in line with its commitment to partner governors in  ensuring that viable projects that would enhance the economic development of their domains were given the necessary encouragement.

He said having seen the site of the project, located at an old airport that had been in existence since 1936, he would confer with his ministry officials and other relevant government agencies on how to ensure that the airport became a reality.

Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who with other top government officials and the contractor handling the project, briefed the minister on the efforts by the state government  to develop the airport, said his administration was committed to the project and solicited the assistance of Omotola to make the state's dream come true.

Earlier, the governor, while receiving the Minister at the Government House, said the airport was vital to the successful take-off of the Free Trade Zone his administration was building in the state.

According to him, Osun being a landlocked state, needs a transportation outlet that will facilitate the movement, in large quantity,  of raw materials, equipment and finished goods when the Free Trade Zone begins operation.