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Governor Kayode Fayemi’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, has stated that the Ekiti International Cargo Airport in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, will be completed before the governor leaves office next month.

According to Oyebode, the construction of the airport runway has been completed, and work on the cargo and passenger sections is approaching completion.

The Chief Press Secretary said that the administration is committed to deliver a world-class facility that would boost the air transportation and logistics need of the people of the state.

Oyebode clarified that the administration is focused on ensuring that all necessary elements are in place for the utilization of the air transport infrastructure, emphasizing that they are not rushing to inaugurate the project.

He assured that the airport, especially with its cargo variant, would attract significant patronage, facilitating the air freighting of farm produce to any part of the world.

Once completed, he mentioned that interested private sector players, including airlines, would initiate discussions with the authorities on how to access and utilize the facility.

He stated that the proximity of another airport in Akure, the Ondo State capital, would not impact patronage for the new facility since the majority of passengers using the airport are from Ekiti.

Oyebode, however, noted that the recent spike in rainfall could slow down construction, which would, ultimately, alter the timeline for inauguration.

Oyebode said: “Construction work is still ongoing at the Ekiti International Cargo Airport. The government is confident that before Governor Kayode Fayemi leaves office next month, everything should be ready for the opening of the facility. The runway already completed, the cargo and passenger section is on course. The governor is committed to completing this as one of the legacy projects.’’

“But, if for any reason, considering the increase in rainfall, the construction work and every other thing is not completed as desired a new date for the unveiling of the airport would be announced.This is because the government would not like to hurriedly package a project of such magnitude for commissioning, until it is assured that it meets the prescribed global standards. Besides, all the administrative processes would be complied with.”

Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti reassured the people of the state a few weeks ago that the International Airport under construction would be completed before the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2022.

The governor gave the assurance during a tour of the airport and other projects in Ado- Ekiti, the state capital.

Governor Fayemi expressed delight at the level of work done at the airport, saying he is confident that the project would be delivered before he leaves office.

The governor disclosed that the various legacy projects put in place by his administration were designed to completely change the character of the state by turning it into an economic zone.

He said the idea of Knowledge Zone project was about using knowledge for wealth creation in the drive to turn Ekiti to a destination of choice for innovation, creativity, startup activities, talent city for Engineers, Computer Technologists, Agriculture Technologists, biotechnology and medical tourism.

This, he said, was in line with the Afe Babalola multi-systems hospital.

Fayemi said the Ekiti Airport’s 3.2km runway was constructed with the capacity to accommodate all types of aircraft.

According to him, the airport will also have facilities for the Nigeria Airforce to have their own operations as well as for maintenance and associated engineering components.

“This is a routine visit again both to the Knowledge zone and the International Cargo Airport, and I am here with one of our private sector partners, the Managing Director of Axxess International, Cavista, Mr John Olajide and his team, they are collaborating with us on the private sector aspect of this.

“You’ve seen it, the runway is completely done, the terminal building is progressing and from what the project manager has just told me, they are still on course to completing this in September and just in time before we exit but whatever is left, I have no fear again.

“I know that the incoming administration would continue at pace with the vision that we’ve espoused for this.

“This is going to change the character of this state completely and it is going to make this a special economic zone that is linked to the knowledge zone, almost an Aerotropolis of all range of facilities,” he said.

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