The Ekiti State Government has embarked on the construction of an
agro cargo airport to market the state’s economic potentials,
facilitate export of cash crops, agribusiness and boost internally
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said the airport project,
when completed would positively change the face of the state, attract
investment and create more job opportunities.
Egbeyemi explained that farm produce like cocoa, oil palm, cashew,
timber, cassava, rice, plantain and banana from which Ekiti has
comparative advantage over other States of the Federation would be
better marketed locally and globally when the airport becomes
Speaking through the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor,
Odunayo Ogunmola on Wednesday, Egbeyemi disclosed this when he hosted
traditional rulers and community leaders from Ilupeju Ekiti and Igbole
Ekiti at separate meetings in his office in Ado Ekiti.
He urged the entire people of Ekiti to support the Governor, Dr.
Kayode Fayemi, for the airport project to become a reality, noting
that it would positively project the state and open it up to more
local and foreign investment.
The Deputy Governor said Governor Fayemi runs an inclusive government
and was determined to ensure that the people of the state enjoy better
standard of living hence the need to support his administration by all
Egbeyemi disclosed that many ongoing projects that would add value to
the lives of the people and the economy of the state would have been
completed by the time the Fayemi administration marks its third year
He said: “People are asking that, can something good come out of
Nazareth? Something good can come out of our own Ekiti under the able
leadership of our Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.
“By this time next year, you will see what Ekiti will turn to. Apart
from the airport project, we are also working on good roads to our
farms, potable water, electricity, creation of more jobs and
sustenance of peace in our communities.
“The cargo airport will facilitate export of cash crops and agric
produce, here we have comparative advantage and generate more revenue
into the coffers of the state. Life is getting better under Fayemi.”
He noted that the Governor is passionate about the development of all
towns and villages which explains why his administration is executing
projects in all nooks and crannies of the state to make all citizens
feel the impact of good governance.
The Deputy Governor further explained that the Fayemi administration
is working hard on projects like good roads to the farmsteads, potable
water, electricity, rehabilitation of schools and hospitals, payments
of stipends and distribution of food to the indigent elderly, regular
and prompt payment of workers’ salaries, among others.
Egbeyemi pointed out that like the people in urban centres, the
Governor also wants rural dwellers in remote communities to enjoy
better standard of living hence the need to extend projects to such
He used the opportunity of the forum to appeal to all communities in
Ekiti to give peace a chance to facilitate development and execution
of more people-oriented projects.
The Deputy Governor said government would always collaborate with the
traditional institution and community leaders on peace building
efforts to realize the goals of taking Ekiti to greater heights in all
sectors of the economy.
The delegations from the two communities were led by the Apeju of
Ilupeju Ekiti, Oba Olaleye Oniyelu who was represented by the Obanla,
Chief Sunday Awe and the Olugbole of Igbole Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel