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THE Ekiti State House of Assembly
has said that the state airport project was stopped because of subsisting court
judgment secured by land owners and plantation farmers displaced from the
project’s proposed site, adding that; “the House of Assembly did not, and cannot
stop the project.”

The House of Assembly, which
reacted to a publication in some newspapers that it directed the stoppage of
the airport project, said the House Leader of Government Business, Honourable
Olatunji Akinyele, was misrepresented in the report.

In a release issued on Wednesday by
the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Chief Olugboyega Aribisogan, the
Assembly said; “We don’t award contracts and it is not our duty to stop
government projects.

“From information available to us,
the state government only put the project on hold in obedience to the court
judgment got by the land owners and plantation farmers displaced from the
project’s proposed site and as soon as the ongoing litigation is dispensed with,
the project will commence.”

Speaking further, Honourable
Aribisogan said; “The State House of Assembly, being partner in progress with
the Governor Ayodele Fayose-led government, remains on the same page with the
governor on the airport project as well as other legacy projects of the state
government, and we will continue to give legislative backing to all
developmental activities of the government.”

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