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Not all governors can build airport – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, says anybody can embark on road projects, but not all administrations can build an airport.

Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had squared up over construction of an airport in the state.

Amosun had begun an airport project sited at Wasinmi in Ewekoro Locally Government Area, but when Abiodun assumed office in 2019, he jettisoned the project and floated another project at Ilishan-Remo.

The Ilishan-Remo airport project was originally a brainchild of former Governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel when he was in government.

Abiodun while speaking at the ongoing multibillion naira project at the weekend  alongside the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), boasted that not all administrations can build an airport.

Abiodun disclosed that he was happy with the progress and the quality of work done at the airport.

He noted that his administration vigorously followed the implementation plan and timelines for the airport.

Abiodun said approval has been received to begin non-scheduled flights and would also receive a no objection for commercial flight operations to commence in another 30 days’ time.

“I am very happy with the progress of work. Beyond the progress, I am very happy with the quality of the work. This is a first-class airport without a doubt, and each time I come here, I go round and inspect the different aspects, our level of completion.

“Like I always say, you can build all roads in the world. Anybody can build a highway, but not many administrations can build an airport. An airport connects you from one location to the rest of the world,” he said.

 Fagbemi described the ongoing airport project as a veritable solution to the ever busy Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

Fagbemi said the airport is of high quality and international standard, adding that Ogun State will derive enormous benefits from its construction.

He said “I want to say that the airport is coming ahead of its time and it is of international standard.

“You know there is so much pressure on the Lagos airport. This airport serves as a veritable buffer, and it comes so handy, especially because of its proximity to Lagos and the state of the economy in both states.”

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