Former Speaker says Fayose’s airport project ploy to siphon state funds

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former Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and governorship
aspirant, Femi Bamisile has alleged that the multi-billion naira Airport
project undertaken by Governor Ayodele Fayose is a conduit- pipe
through which the governor intends
to loot the state’s treasury.
Dismissing
the project as a misplaced priority during an interview with newsmen
over the weekend, the All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain queried
the rationale behind the building of a N17 billion airport in an
economically disadvantaged state like Ekiti.
This was as he
categorically denied insinuations that he was planning to return to the
ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
According
to him, “I view this airport project as an attempt to loot our funds.
Why can’t Fayose take N1.6 billion out of the N17 billion to be wasted
on this project, to construct Ado-Ikere-Iju road?
“What economic advantage has the airport in Akure on Ondo State? It is even under-utilised.
“Some
of the tourist attractions like Ikogosi Warm Spring and Ipole Water
Fall that can attract tourists to Ekiti are no lon­ger functional.”
Bamisile
said the mere fact that Fayose’s govern­ment inaugurated the project
without following “due process” vividly depicted that it was programmed
to fail.
But
Fayose, who reacted swiftly through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr.
Idowu Adelusi, maintained that the project was meant to boost the
economy and integrity of the state, adding that, “This is a project that
could not be executed by Fayemi because that regime did not believe in
the well-being and economic progress of Ekiti State.
“I am calling
on Ekiti people to disregard what the APC people have said,” the CPS
stated. He recalled that when Fayose wanted to dualise Ado Ekiti
township roads during his first tenure, the same APC members, who were
then in Alliance for Democracy(AD) criticized the project.
Adelusi
noted that, “everybody is proud of what Fayose did by daulising Ado
Ekiti township roads. Fayose has been scoring first in developing Ekiti.
Not only will the airport be built. Fayose will build the first flyover
in Ekiti and also an ultra-modern market to replace the Oja- Oba
Market.”

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