EKITI AIRPORT SURVEY WORKS COMPLETED
Ekiti State Government took another major step towards the
implementation of its proposed airport project with the completion of
survey works on the proposed site of the airport.
Receiving the survey plan of the site of the proposed airport from a
consortium of surveying firms in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Segun Oni
restated the commitment of his administration to the early completion
of the project.
Governor Oni noted that though the proposed airport may not be viable
at first it would improve the business climate and investment profile
of the state as the airport would be of strategic importance to the
economy of the state
“Apart from the Airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt, how
many other airports are viable in Nigeria? The gains of having our own
airport in Ekiti far outweigh the option of not having one.
“Most people would not believe that our administration and the Ondo
State Government had to guarantee a certain number of seats on a major
airline before we could get just one airline to start plying the Akure
Airport route three times a week. We could work out a similar
arrangement when the proposed airport is completed”, Oni said
According to him, the airport would go a long way in improving the
investment climate of the state and reduce the tiring 5 to 6-hour
journey which potential investors visiting the state have to go
through from Abuja and Lagos.
The Governor who disclosed that the federal Government had signified
interest in supporting the airport project said a cargo handling
section that would specialize in the handling of agricultural products
would be included in its design.
While noting that work would soon commence on the perimeter fencing of
the airport site he assured that agricultural and other economic
activities would be allowed to continue on the areas outside the 1000
hectares of land that would be required for the construction of the
runways and other facilities of the proposed airport.
Earlier, the spokesman of the consortium of surveying firms who
handled the surveying of the site, Oba Adewole Adebayo commended the
Oni-Administration for conceiving the project.
It will be recalled that Governor Oni inaugurated the airport
implementation committee headed the Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Adekunle