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The Yewa North Patriotic Forum has said anyone clamouring for the stop of work on the Wasinmi passenger airport is an enemy of the Ogun West people in general.
The Youth Forum noted that the Wasinmi Airport is a blessing to Ogun west and its completion will enhance the socio-economic drive of its people because it shares boundary with Yewa communities.
The group said this in a statement jointly signed by its president, Sanni Omobolaji and General Secretary, Fatolu Ganiyu and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that there is currently a clash of interests brewing between Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, over the construction of airport in Wasimi and Ilishan-Remo, both in the state.
While Abiodun is pushing for the construction of the proposed Gateway Agro Cargo Airport, Ilishan-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area, Amosun is also making a strong case for a passenger airport located at Wasimi, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
But, the Yewa youths in the statement noted that the controversy surrounding the desirability or otherwise of the Federal Government owned Wasinmi Airport has reportedly exposed the real friends of Yewa people in Ogun West.
The youth however condemned the involvement of the Lagos west Senator, Senator Solomon Adeola in the actualization of the passenger airport in Wasinmi.
The group stressed that senator Adeola fondly called Yayi should have supported the completion of the Wasinmi airport looking at its proximity to Yewa land.
The statement added, “only for Omoluabi attitude, unprintable words world have been used against the Lagos west Senator, Senator Solomon Adeola for his involvement in the airport in-fighting in Ogun state.
“YAYI as fondly called is said to be an Ogun west son although contended by many but for us as an association we accepted him as one of us and ready to push our own to any length until he chose to favour friendship with the Governor at the expense of his kinsmen.
“The controversy was sparked by the visit of Senate Committee on Aviation which came to inspect the level of work on the project. The Committee also inspected the proposed Ilishan – Iperu Cargo Ariport owned by Ogun State Government.
“Ordinarily, there should not have been any issue about the two projects because there is no controversy about their ownership.
“While the Wasinmi Airport has been enjoying consistent funding by its owner, Federal Government, for almost 10 years; the proposed Ilishan – Iperu Cargo Airport has not enjoyed same attention from Ogun State Government. In fact, it hasn’t gone beyond drawings, land clearing and largely approvals by relevant authorities according to the Governor, Dapo Abiodun himself.
“Why then should the Lagos senator and our own brother oppose the actualization of the passenger airport considering it proximity to us in Yewa land? This infuriates us and we are calling on Senator YAYI to retrace his step if truly he is one of us.
“Even if you must play politics why not advocate that both or one of the airports be situated in Yewaland? If Senator YAYI still want to continue to enjoy our support as his brothers, we urge him to ensure immediate withdrawal of his support against the actuality of the passenger airport, hence we might disown him.
“However, why should the Governor be referring to a Federal government project as a secrete? Why should the Governor be expecting a federal government project in a state handover note? And our YAYI could not fight for us.
“Wasinmi Airport was reported to have started by the Federal Government in 2005 and that of Ilishan – Iperu was conceived in 2007 by former Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. However, the immediate past Governor and the Senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun only prevailed on the Federal Government in 2018 to resume work on the project site.
“Why would Ogun State government now want the Federal Government jettision its project in Wasinmi for Ilishan – Iperu? Is there any law that says once Federal Government sites an Airport, the State Government cannot build its own?
“For us in Ogun West, Wasinmi Airport is a blessing as it will enhance the socio-economic drive of our people because it shares boundry with a community in Ogun West. Anyone calmouring for work to stop on Wasinmi Airport is an enemy of Yewa and Ogun West in general.”