Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has handed over the site of
the Ekiti Agro-Allied Cargo Airport to the main contractor to commence
the construction of its 3.2 kilometres runway.
The Governor, while handing over the site to the contractor, CCECC
Nigeria Limited on Monday, described the project as a promise made and
kept for the overall development of the State.
Governor Fayemi had earlier on Monday at the conference hall of the
Governor’s office, presented checks totaling N500 million to about 700
land owners whose land were acquired for the airport project. He said
the construction of the airport’s runway pavement will be completed
within fifteen months, in line with the timeline agreed with the
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi at the
handing over of the site, the Governor said payment of compensation to
farmers and owners of economic trees on the land acquired for the
airport project will continue until all affected land owners receive
Describing the project as a milestone for his administration and the
people of Ekiti, Dr. Fayemi noted that the importance of agro-allied
cargo airport to serve as fastest movement of agricultural products to
international market cannot be overemphasized.
He explained that Ekiti, an agrarian state, is blessed with
hardworking farmers and investors who are ready to produce in
commercial quantities, once there is an assurance that their goods
will reach both local and international markets without delay.
He said: “No doubt, Ekiti is a landlocked State that borders with
other landlocked States like Kwara, Osun, Edo, except Ondo that has
sea. The situation has made it difficult for our people in Ekiti State
and the neighbouring States to transport goods, most especially
agricultural products to both local and international markets.
“The establishment of this Agro-allied Cargo Airport will not on small
measure improves the socio-economic development of our dear State,
The Governor canvassed the support of Ekiti people at home and in the
Diaspora for the completion of the project while also charging the
contractor to execute the job with utmost professionalism.
The Technical Adviser on the Airport Project, Air Vice Marshal Adeniyi
Ojuawo (rtd), said the airport is a legacy project of the Fayemi
administration and one that will change the face of Ekiti economy.
AVM Ojuawo said: “This project is a game changer and we need the
cooperation of those who gave us the land. The people will be happy
that JKF has brought the airport project to Ekiti. There cannot be a
better time than now.”
The Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Mr. Adesola Adebayo
said the design and bill of engineering measurement of the airport
project were expertly scrutinised in accordance with the requirement
and standard of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
The brief ceremony was witnessed by representatives of communities
like Ago Aduloju, Aso, Ayegunle, Ijan and Igbemo on whose land the
project is located. Mr. Wang Williams led a team of CCECC Nigeria
Limited’s representatives at the event