Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has given an unsolicited advice to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, asking him to fix the bad roads instead of constructing an airport in the state.
Tinubu made this known at the seventh convocation ceremony of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) where he was being conferred with an honorary degree alongside the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe.
The APC National Leader said the Airport in Ondo state which is the neighbouring state can also serve Ekiti state effectively. He said the Governor should instead focus on the roads especially the ones connecting the two states. He admonished that the Fayemi-led administration should push for the fixing of the Ado-Akure roads, to ensure it is motorable for all road users.
According to Tinubu, building an airport in Ekiti state would be a total waste of the state’s already scarce resources.
Recall that Governor Fayemi and the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika during the flag-off of the Agro-allied Airport construction project said the project will boost the state’s economy.
“Airport project brings businesses and drives the economy. It employs and strengthens the economy, so we are going to make success of this project.
“The federal government will support everything about this project, particularly the cargo aspect of it because the good atmospheric condition of Ekiti and the lurching vegetation and good soil will help to produce farm products that can be exported within and outside the country.
Governor Fayemi in his flag-off speech said,
“We got the letter of approval in May 2019 to start this project that will be built on 4,000 hectares of land and will be easily accessible by all Ekiti through the ring road that will be constructed around it.
“Ekiti must be opened to national and international business patronages to open up the economy and for Ekiti to become a medical tourism, with the landmark works being done at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital.
“Though, some people thought Ekiti is too small in size to have an airport, but commitment and vision are the tonic we need to make the project a reality to make Ekiti join the global industrial revolution,” Governor Fayemi said.