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Land owners, plantation farmers stop Ekiti airport project

Governor Ayo Fayose inspecting the site of the airport in Aso Ayegunle village, in Ado Ekiti. The state government began the clearing of the site

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has said that the State airport project was stopped because of subsisting court judgment secured by land owners and plantation farmers displaced from the project’s proposed site, adding that; “the House of Assembly did not, and cannot stop the project.”

The House of Assembly, which reacted to publication in some newspapers that it directed the stoppage of the airport project, said its position was misrepresented in the report.

In a release issued on Wednesday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, the Assembly said:

“We don’t award contracts and it is not our duty to stop government projects.”

“From information available to us, the State Government only put the project on hold in obedience to the court judgment gotten by the land owners and plantation farmers displaced from the project’s proposed site and as soon as the ongoing litigation is dispensed with, the project will commence,” Aribisogan said.

Speaking further, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said; “The State House of Assembly, being partner in progress with the Governor Ayodele Fayose led government remains on the same page with the governor on the airport projects as well as other legacy projects of the State government and we will continue to give legislative backing to all developmental activities of the government.”

The House of Assembly further commended the State governor on the feat achieved by the State in this year’s National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

They said the various intervention programmes of the government in the education sector should be sustained.

Aribisogan said the entire members of the House of Assembly were happy that Ekiti State came first in NECO this year with 96.48 percent performance.

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