Ekiti state government has branded critics of the Ekiti airport project un-progressive and lacking in foresight.
Governor Ayo Fayose said the project is intended to boost the economy of the state as well as ease the transportation hassles of travellers to Ekiti state from other parts of the country.
The Governor said building the airport will not be a breach the constitution as alleged by critics even as he cited othe5r states that have carried similar projects to the benefits of their people.
The state government also said that it has no intention to cancel the free health mission, assuring that many Ekiti indigent people would benefit from the programme before the expiration of Fayose’s tenure.
In a similar vein, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade assured that the governor would ensure that all the monies for the construction of the airport project are well appropriated.
Some few weeks ago, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had raised the questions on whether Fayose had budgetary provision for the building of the project in the 2015 appropriation bill, just as it branded the project as a misplaced priority that would cripple the economy of the state.
On health issues, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo, made the promise yesterday at a press briefing marking Governor Fayose first year in office.
He said in spite of the fact that the Ebola pandemic had receded in the country, government is still carrying out advocacy programmes, to make the fight against it participatory and sustainable.
The SSG, who also doubles as the chairman anniversary committee rates Fayose high in terms of performance in the last 12 months, and asserted that the airport project is not a misplaced project as claimed by the opposition.
Alade noted that it would affect the economy of the State positively through jobs creation and through many other inherent benefits.
She declared that Fayose’s government has not abandoned the Oba Rufus Adejugbe Hospital built by the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi, assuring that the facility would be equipped to serve the purpose at the secondary level of healthcare delivery in the State.
“Fayose has the option of building the airport through public-private partnership, but he rejected that because he had promised not to mortgage Ekiti. So, we are working hard to ensure that we put it in the 2016 budget and by November next year, Ekiti must be sure of a new airport.”
She said the government would soon look into the Ikere township road project that it hopes to dualise to ease traffic flow in the town.
Speaking further, the Commissioner for Health disclosed that through concerted efforts of the Fayose’s administration, that the National Universities Commission, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria have granted full accreditation to the departments of Ophthamology, obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.
Dr Ojo added that equipment are being procured while new buildings are being constructed, to ensure other critical departments in the tertiary hospital are accredited, including the Scholl of Nursing and Midwifery.
The Commissioner disclosed that the government is partnering with pharmaceutical companies in strengthening the drug mega depot in the state, so that drugs could be made available in all the state-owned hospitals.

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