Traditional rulers in Ekiti State have reiterated their support for the construction of an airport by the state government.
According to them, the airport will help hasten economic development in the state.
In a communique issued in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, which was signed by the Chairman of the forum and Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, Oba Oladapo Oyebade, the monarchs said the project, which was approved by the presidency in 2010, must commence without further delay.
“Council appreciates the new move by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, to pursue this worthy cause to logical conclusions. Council uses this opportunity to remind the president of an appeal by the people at the Ewi’s palace during his presidential campaign visit. Council uses this medium to solicit the support of Mr. President for the execution and completion of the project.
“We also appeal to Ekiti sons and daughters and well wishers across the globe for their full support. Now is the time for the good people of Ekiti to support this project for the socio-economic emancipation of our beloved state,” the communiqué read.
The monarchs urged all Ekiti people to support the government in the execution of the project.
A few days ago, Governor Fayose held a meeting with stakeholders involved in the project and those present, including renowned lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, and former Aviation Minister, Mr. Tunde Omotoba, urged him to go on with the project.
They opined that at least a standard airstrip should be built in the state to open it up for economic activities.
Fayose, at different fora, said the state government was committed to the project.
According to him, a fund raiser would be held in Lagos where corporate bodies and individuals would contribute to the project.
He assured that before the end of next year, the project will be completed.

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