The plan of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration to build an airport
in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, has sparked an excitement among
indigenes of the city.
Led by the monarch, the Ewi, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, the Ado Ekiti
indigenes hailed Fayemi for the vision of the airport which they said
would boost economic and investment profile of their hometown.
An illustrious son who is also the state Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi
Egbeyemi, who visited the Ewi’s palace on Thursday, urged Ado Ekiti
indigenes to troop out in large numbers to witness the turning of the
sod for the project on Friday.
Egbeyemi alongside other political office holders and All Progressives
Congress (APC) leaders and members who hail from the city were at the
palace to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fayemi administration
with the monarch and members of the Ewi-in-Council.
The Deputy Governor stressed that the APC and its government love the
monarch and they were at the palace to intimate him and the chiefs on
the giant strides of the last one year.
Egbeyemi disclosed that apart from the airport project, the Federal
Government has commenced a rail project that will connect Ado and
other Ekiti towns with Osun State while four new secondary schools are
under construction in the state capital.
Speaking on the groundbreaking of the airport project on Friday,
Egbeyemi said the project would change the face of the city alongside
the adjoining knowledge zone to boost the Ekiti economy.
Egbeyemi said: “When the rain ceases, we will be carrying out many
projects for the benefit of our people including the Ekiti airport
“On Friday, we will lay the foundation stone of the airport and I want
all of you indigenes of Ado Ekiti to troop out in your numbers and
follow our Kabiyesi to the project site.
“The rail lines are coming from Osun State that will pass through Ado
and other communities here and this will boost our economy and
generate jobs for our people.
“The area where the airport will be located is also hosting the
knowledge zone and all these will boost our economy and lift our town
Responding, Oba Adejugbe said he was happy with Governor Kayode Fayemi
for the airport project, four new secondary schools established and
the large numbers of indigenes appointed into government.
The traditional ruler appealed to government to remember the
indigenous contractors during the execution of the projects.
Oba Adejugbe expressed the unalloyed support of Ewi in council for the
Fayemi led government and affirmed that the remaining three years will
bring more developments to the state.
The monarch said: “We are happy about this new airport project and the
four new schools established by the Fayemi administration, we are very
grateful for this.
“The most reasonable thing to do is to support the government of the
day because anybody who fails to support the government of the day
will lose many benefits.
“The Ewi and the Ewi-in-Council must support the government of the day
so that we can get what is due to us. We are in full support of this
“In carrying out these projects, our government should remember our
local contractors and artisans.”