The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Friday pledged the Federal Government’s support for the Ekiti State airport project.
The minister, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, during the official sod-turning ceremony for the project located along Ado-Ijan Road, said the airport would strengthen and boost the economy of the state.
He said, “The Federal Government will support everything about this project, particularly the cargo aspect of it, because the good atmospheric condition of Ekiti and the lush vegetation and good soil will help to produce farm products that can be moved within and outside the country.
“An airport project brings businesses and drive the economy. It employs and strengthens the economy, so we are going to make a success of this project. The Federal Government is ready to support this project and it shall be a success.”
Sirika added, “Apart from this, Ekiti is 750 feet above sea level and in the aviation industry, it is believed this will help to produce good oxygen for airplanes to perform optimally.”
Governor Kayode Fayemi said the airport was “to open Ekiti to national and international business patronages, open up the economy and for Ekiti to become a medical tourism with the landmark work being done at ABUAD Teaching Hospital.
“Though some people say Ekiti is too small in size to have an airport, commitment and vision are the tonic we need to make the project a reality to make Ekiti join the global industrial revolution.”
The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola, applauded the Federal Government and Governor Kayode Fayemi for fulfilling part of the dreams of the founding fathers of the state upon its creation in 1996.
Babalola said, “I commend Governor Fayemi for this project because it will translate to economic benefits for Ekiti now and for generations yet unborn.”