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GROUP ACCUSES FAYEMI OF FRUSTRATING EKITI AIRPORT PROJECT

By Tunji Oluwasanmi
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Coalition of Non Governmental Organisations in Ekiti State, the Ekiti Movement for Peace and Good Governance (MOPEGO) has accused the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of frustrating the take-off of the Airport Project approved for the State by the federal government, lamenting that Ekiti State was on the verge of losing the chance of having a airport of its own.

MOPEGO, in a statement jointly signed by the its Protem Chairman, Comrade Kunle Ologunodo, Secretary, Comrade Ebenezer Olaleye and Director of Communications and Strategy, Gbenga Babawibe alleged that has deliberately refused to take any action on the project since he assumed office.

According to the group, “survey work on the project site along Ado-Ijan road was already being done by a consortium of surveyors among who was a notable first class traditional ruler in the State before the Chief Segun Oni-led government was terminated via the Appeal Court judgment.

“Then too, there was a joint committee of both the State and the Federal Government on the project and as at September, this year, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Aerial Survey had been carried out. Contract for fencing of the project site had also been advertised.

“However, since Fayemi assumed office, Ekiti State government that is suppose to the mover of the multi-billion naira project has not lift a single finger on it and this is worrisome.

“More worrisome is also the fact that we have gathered that Fayemi was deliberately frustrating the project because he would have preferred the Airport to be sited between Oye and Isan-Ekiti, his hometown.

“It is also important to note that fund was appropriated for the project in this year's budget and today is December 19, eleven days to the end of the year. Meaning that the fund will be returned to the treasury if not spent and Ekiti State and its people would have lost the chance of getting their own share of the nation's wealth again!

“We therefore call on all well-meaning and progressive minded Ekiti indigenes to prevail on Fayemi and his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) not to let this golden opportunity slip off our hands on the altar of retrogressive partisan politics.”