The Ekiti State Government, Friday commenced the construction of the multi-billion naira Airport with the clearing of 4000 hectares of land for its effective take off.
The Airport project which was approved by the late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua administration in 2009 had stalled due to lack of political will of previous administrations.
Meanwhile, the State Government Friday began the screening of over 2,000 applicants that applied for various health positions with the Health Management Board for the recruitment of 100 health personnel into the State Ministry of Health.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Kolawole Aina said those to be recruited among the job seekers would be strictly based on merit and competence because of the sensitivity of the services they render to the society.
Ekiti State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kayode Oso, who supervised the clearing of Airport site yesterday, told newsmen that Governor Ayodele Fayose had set up a planning Committee for the project a month ago, adding 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.
Oso, who assured that the Governor Fayose-led administration was desirous of implementing the airport project, also disclosed that relevant professional bodies had approved the project, hence the commencement of works on it. "Today, we are starting the site clearing of 40 hectares of 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 flag-off construction works on the site.
"The communities that would be affected by the site clearing include Aso-Ayegunle, Ijon, and a part of Afao-Ekiti", he explained.. Secretary of the Aso ayegunle indigenes, Chief Owolabi Solomon who spoke to newsmen men, said: "We have been informed that the government would use our farmlands for the airport project and we even know the areas that would be affected.
"We are happy the government is bringing this laudable development to us but we are also pleading that the government should, as a matter of urgency, find means of compensating us because the farmlands being taken are our only source of livelihood".
While meeting the principals and headmasters of the State public schools in preparation for the World Teachers' Day coming up on Monday, Fayose, pleaded with them to ensure that students' performances in West African Examination Council and National Examination Council improve in the interest of the State.
He promised that his government would continue to celebrate teachers through prompt payment of all benefits, so that the feat achieved in his first term in education could be replicated.
Source: This Day