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Ogun cargo airport ready for inaugurati­on next year –Abiodun

- Daud Olatunji

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday, said the ongoing Agro-allied Cargo Airport located at Ilishanrem­o, Ikenne Local government Area, would be ready for inaugurati­on by the end of 2022.

The governor said this while speaking at Ikenne as part of the ongoing campaign of the All Progressiv­es Congress ahead of the July 24 Lg poll.

He said he remained committed to the project, despite stiff resistance in some quarters.

Abiodun and his predecesso­r, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had locked horns over the nature and location of the airport project in the state.

The governor made a case for an Agro-allied Cargo airport located at Ilishan-remo, Ikenne LGA, while Amosun strongly backed a passenger airport located at Wasimi, Ewekoro LGA of the state.

Addressing party stalwarts and residents of Ikenne LGA, Abiodun said he would not bow to opposition.

According to him, as governor, the buck stops at his table.

The governor later led his campaign train to the site of the airport project, with the promise that it would be ready for use next year.

Abiodun said, “Aeroplanes will be landing here in Ikenne. Some people are building airports, some ‘airstrips’ and some domestic airports. They are embittered, they are fighting us. They said we can’t site the airport here, and I said, ‘It is a lie.’

“I am the governor of Ogun State as we speak. I am in possession of both the bread and the knife. And I will share it as it pleases me. We have sited the project here already and by the end of next year, we will commission that airport.”

Abiodun said Ikenne LGA was “specially blessed,” considerin­g the number of prominent personalit­ies who hailed from the council, including himself; the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo; and Vicepresid­ent Yemi Osinbajo, among others.

He said his administra­tion had either constructe­d or reconstruc­ted over 270km of roads and rehabilita­ted about 100 primary healthcare centres across the state.

Speaking earlier at Odogbolu, Abiodun declared that his administra­tion would soon set up a Special Task Force to tackle cultism in the state.

He said his administra­tion would not allow cultists and other criminal elements to undermine the developmen­t of the state.

Meanwhile, Abiodun has disclosed that the Federal government has approved the contract for the reconstruc­tion of Ilaro-papalanto-sagamu Expressway in the state.

While noting that the road crosses through Obafemi-owode, Ewekoro, Yewa South and north local government areas, Abiodun said it was a major arterial road linking Ogun State to other states and the ECOWAS sub-region.

The governor said this while addressing the residents and people of Yewa South at Ilaro, during a campaign tour of Ogun West ahead of the local government election..

He disclosed that the reconstruc­tion of the 100-kilometre road would cost the government about n79bn.

The governor, who said his administra­tion had already completed 66 projects in the Yewa South Lg, gave assurance that the Owode-ilaro Road would be completed before the end of the year.

Speaking earlier in Ipokia, the governor said his administra­tion would soon take a decision on the viability and sustainabi­lity of the establishm­ent of the Ogun State Polytechni­c, Ipokia establishe­d by his predecesso­r.

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