Dapo Abiodun, the governor of Ogun State, has stated that there will be no change in the proposed location of the contentious Agro-Allied Cargo Airport in Ilishan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area, claiming that he remains the governor and will share resources as he sees fit.
NEWS DIRECT recounts that Abiodun clashed with his predecessor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, in March when he denounced the Federal Government’s construction of an airport in Wasimi, Abeokuta.
According to Abiodun, an airport could not be sited at Wasimi because the area played host to the largest cement factories in the country, saying that the cement “factories are emitting dust particles and pollutants into the sky.”
Instead of supporting the Wasinmi airport, Abiodun resumed work at the agro-cargo airport abandoned by former Governor, Gbenga Daniel at Ilishan Remo in 2007.
Abiodun at the time, said he had redesigned the location of the Wasinmi airport to make it a trailer/container transit terminal and park for cement factories.
However, the governor, making veiled reference to Amosun, bragged that the power of the governor of Ogun State is in his hand and he would make sure the airport would be ready by 2022.
Abiodun said, “As the number one local government in Nigeria, we are constructing a cargo airport here in Ilishan. Aeroplanes will be taking off from another country and landing here in Ikenne LG.
“Some people are building what they call airport, airstrip or domestic airport; 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 the way I like.
“We have sited the airport project here already and by the end of next year, we will commission it. Just continue to pray for us.”
NEWS DIRECT reports that Amosun had in March replied Abiodun by accusing him of sending away contractors from the site of the Wasimi airport, saying “They told the contractors that Ogun does not need the Airport any more and directed the contractors to remove their equipment from the Airport.”
Amosun, who spoke through the former Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, made clarifications that the in Wasimi airport was conceived in 2008 by the Federal Government as an Airstrip, before the Amosun administration.
He explained that the Federal Government, since 2009, made appropriations for the project, adding that “the perimeter fence for the Airport was completed in 2010, a year before our assumption of office in 2011.”
Amosun concluded that, “the Abeokuta International Airport project in Wasimi has come to stay.”
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