The Ekiti State Government has begun the clearing of 4,000 hectares of land for the effective take-off of the airport project, which was approved by the late Umaru Musa Yar ’Adua’s administration in 2009.
Also on Friday, the government began the screening of over 2,000 applicants for various health positions with the Health Management Board for the recruitment of 100 health personnel into the state Ministry of Health.
Governor Ayodele Fayose also met with heads of public schools in the state in preparation for the World Teachers’ Day coming up on Monday.
He urged the school heads to ensure that students’ performances in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the National Examination Council improve in the interest of the state.
The state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kayode Oso, who supervised the clearing of the site on Friday, said the governor had already set up a planning committee for the project.
He added that the committee had consulted widely with relevant consultancy firms and professionals on the project and also visited several airports in the country for assessment.
He said, “Today, we are starting the site clearing of the land which would be used for the airport project and we are sure that the project is achievable as a consultant is already working on its cost.
“We are hoping that in two months, we will be through with the site clearing after which the governor would inaugurate construction on the site. The communities that will be affected by the site clearing include Aso-Ayegunle, Ijan and a part of Afao-Ekiti.”
Meanwhile, some members of Aso-Ayegunle community have started begging for compensation, saying as farmers, the land was their only means of livelihood.
Speaking with journalists on their behalf, the Secretary of the Aso-Ayegunle indigenes, Chief Adedeji Adelabu, said, “We have been informed that the government would use our farmlands for the airport.”