Dr Basiru Ajibola, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun, on Tuesday expressed the optimism that the state’s airport under construction would stimulate the economy.
Ajibola told our reporter in Lagos that the airport named after the late business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola, would address youth unemployment.
He named the concessionaire handling the airport project at Ido Osun as All Works of Life (AWOL) International Ltd.
The commissioner said that Osun people had been desiring improved economy and industrialisation of the 27-year-old state.
“It is incorporated in the action plan that has been the guiding the seven-year-old administration in the areas of reducing hunger, unemployment and poverty,’’ he said.
“We are banking on its direct engagement of skilled and unskilled workers which will galvanise our local economy.
“The access road to the airport will be dual carriage, and this will be a value booster for property in the axis,’’ he said.
According to him, the 3,5km-long airport is 85 per cent completed.
“The facility will also create good ambience for hanger and aircraft maintenance services which can only be found in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ethiopia.
“Its uniqueness will be the ability to energise the haulage system.
“Let me assume that five to 10 per cent of the N69 billion earmarked for the project will find its way into the economy of the state.”