Bolaji Asiwaju Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said there was no need for an airport in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
Tinubu said this at Afe Babalola University’s seventh convocation ceremony, Ado-Ekiti (ABUA).
Tinubu, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe and Professor Anthony Olusegun Adegbulugbe, were conferred with honorary degrees at the event.
Tinubu told the event host, Chief Afe Babalola, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and other dignitaries that the State does not need an airport.
There have been ongoing plan to build an airport in Ado-Ekiti a plan that the state has been working on for years leading to the inauguration of an eight-man committee to oversee its construction.
The past administration failed to bring the project to fruition and Governor Fayemi has sought to continue the push.
Chief Afe Babalola is said to be the one pushing for the project as he allegedly feels a need for the airport because of his university.
But speaking at the convocation ceremony, Tinubu told the audience that there is clearly no need for an airport in Ado-Ekiti.
The former Lagos Governor added that building one in the city would amount to a waste of the state’s scarce resources.
Tinubu pointed out that the functional airport in Akure, Ondo State’s capital, will meet the air transportation needs of Ekiti state residents as well as state visitors.
What the Ekiti State should do, according to Tinubu, is to press for the Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road repair because an airport in Akure would serve both states effectively.