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8 state governors who have no business building International Airports (Photos)

– Some state governors promised their people so many good things of life during the electioneering campaign period

– The most important and number one priority in the economy of any society is human development

– Hunger has to be taken care of, before the thought of International Airports

– Despite Nigerians groaning under presently, some state governors seem not to care whose ox is gored any longer

It is shocking, to hear government embarking on white elephant projects, whereas the immediate needs of the citizens are not sorted out. In simple economics, the three basic needs of life are: food, shelter and clothing.

All the managers of Nigeria, whom are the elected political officer holders, should for once feel the heartbeat of those they lead. The three aforementioned basic needs of life are like luxury in Nigeria, for anyone who has them. It is sad enough to know that, Nigeria is among the leading nations of the world, where the citizens provide themselves with almost every infrastructure the government should provide, or subsidise. Be it, power supply, roads, potable water, hospital, etc, the citizens are responsible for all these. It’s really a shame!

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In the Punch of Wednesday, February 10, the editorial succinctly captioned the governors’ lust for airports as, Mad rush for state airports. It was stated in there that:

“Many wrong choices and misplaced priorities embraced by state governors, when the economy was booming are bouncing back to haunt them. One of these is the indiscriminate building of airports across the country, which ignored the basic needs of life.

“Of the 25 airports managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), experts say only the two in Lagos and Abuja are viable.

“The truth remains that many governors have robbed their citizens of the benefits of good governance, because of their predilection for frivolous projects, when vice president, Yemi Osinbajo’s figure of over 100 million Nigerians living below the poverty line, how many people can afford the cost of flights in the country?”

1. Ayodele Fayose (Governor, Ekiti state)

Fayose is a second term governor. He had allegation leveled against him, of embezzling the state’s money during his first term, with a poultry project, which never came into existence.

Some indigenes of the state are of the opinion that the governor has nothing to offer the state, except eating food on the streets with the locals, whose lives have not fared any better, despite the governor calling himself, a man of the people.

According to Nosa Igiebor in his piece titled, Our little Emperor, in Tell magazine edition of Monday, October 26, 2015, he specifically took a swipe at Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, saying: “He (Gov Fayose), wants to adorn his capital, Ado Ekiti, with an airport, whose initial cost is a modest N17billion. If the airport ever gets completed, the final bill may double. It should be noted that the Ekiti state capital is about an hour’s drive from Akure, which has an airport, which is as busy as an abandoned graveyard.

“And if the highway between the two cities were to be dualised, that could cut the journey time by 50 percent. This one viable alternative to what is obviously ‘a white elephant project,’ which he could partner Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo to develop. And they can toll the road after, to recoup their investments and create a source of additional revenues for their states.”

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state

2. Abdulaziz Yari (Governor, Zamfara state)

Zamfara state is close to airport states like Kano and even Jigawa. The state is one of the poorest states in Nigeria. The state is battling with childhood diseases like measles. Yari is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). The governor should focus on bettering the lives of the people to welfare programmes.

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Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state

3. Ibikunle Amosun (Governor, Ogun state)

, during his inspection of some projects and visit to Ogun state, to see the state governor, some weeks back, advised the governor, to rather use the money he intended using to build his proposed cargo airport on unfinished projects and infrastructural development. It is still in the same Ogun state, that

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state

4. Willie Obiano (Governor, Anambra state)

The former bank director has been trying to deliver the dividends of democracy to Anambrarians. Information has it that he is focusing on the agriculture sector, by giving incentives to farmers, in order to boost food production in the state. He is also waging war against ghost workers.

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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state

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5. Rauf Aregbesola (Governor, Osun state)

Osun state lacks financial muscle compared to a state like Ogun, which is said is not viable yet for an airport.

There have been series of strikes and agitations by different labour unions in the state, regarding payment of workers’ salaries, bonuses, gratuities and other emoluments.

The sad experience of last year is still crystal clear in front of a good number Nigerians, whereby some NGOs and well-meaning Nigerians, had to come to the aid of some starving Osun state government workers, who were owed backlogs of salaries. The hungry workers were assisted with food items and other deliveries. It was one of the worst experiences in the history of Nigeria.

Some members of the major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun have lampooned Gov Aregbesola. The Punch of Monday, January 18, had the caption, Aregbesola inflated airport contract by 11.5bn, says PDP.

Mr Diran Odeyemi, the director of media and strategy of the PDP in Osun, said the governor inflated the contract sum of the Moshood Abiola International Airport, Ido, Osun, from N4.5bn to N15.5bn. Mr Odeyemi also added that, Aregbesola wanted to use the airport to embezzle the bailout loan the state got from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state

6. Okezie Ikpeazu (Governor, Abia state)

The governor was said to have performed below par, while he served in the administration of his predecessor. Aba, in Abia state, the commercial hub of South-East, is in dire need of infrastructure upgrade. The city has so many dilapidated roads and refuse dumps taking over almost every corner of the state.

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state

7. Ifeanyi Okowa (Governor, Delta state)

He is a first term governor. He is yet to pull any string in terms of major developmental projects in his state. It was during his predecessor’s second term tenure that the idea of the airport project was first mooted. Embarking on this project is not the best for the welfare of the people of the state.

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state

8. Umar Tanko Al-Makura (Governor, Nasarawa state)

Nasarawa is very close to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which has an international airport. Al-Makura should focus on human development, as his second term will end in three years’ time. He should think of how he will provide succour for the unemployed graduates and youths, through well-planned poverty alleviation programmes and schemes.

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Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state

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