Former member Federal House of Representatives, Hon Aliyu Ahmed Wadada has described the N17bn International cargo airport conceived by Governor Al-Makura as a misplaced priority.
The former member representing Kokona/Keffi/Karu federal constituency described the multi- billion naira airport as a white elephant project that has less impact on the lives of the people especially this hard times.
He gave the disclosure in an interview in Keffi, as he stated that the state Government should focus in providing infrastructural facilities across villages in the state instead of constructing Cargo airport.
He adviced the Governor to look for ways to proffer solution to percentage payment of salaries to Local Government workers compounded by hardship, “I have criticized the idea of airport of any kind by Gov. Al-Makura .
“Airport is not for the common man because it is not visible and there is economic hardship, lack and percentage payment of workers’ salaries, lack of infrastructural facilities among others,” he said.
The N17 billion airport project has continued to generate heat amongst concerned indigents of the state, The state chairman of the Nigeria Labor Congress, Comrade Abdullahi Adeka while addressing the press during the three week strike condemned the multi-billion Naira airport project, He described the project as a wastage of taxpayers resource.
Hon. Jacob Ogiri , a chairmanship contender of the opposition party in the state, the People’s Democratic Party chastised the Governor over his insistence on building cargo airport in the state, The Governor’s reason of constructing airport was to develop his community Kwandare.
Ogiri said no proper compensation was given to land owners as widely spread ,What people of the state prefer most is good bridges to link communities instead of engaging in wasteful ventures, He added.
Meanwhile, Hajiya Hajara Danyaro, Special Adviser to Governor Al-Makura and a big shot of the All Progressives Congress said the establishment of an airport in Lafia would unlock the potentials of the state, create job opportunities for the teeming youth roaming the street.
Danyaro affirmed that the Governor is contributing 25% of N17bn which is N5bn for the project, saying that the airport is a pride to the state in it entirety, She described people speaking against the project as enemies of the state.
Abubakar Adamu Idris in an interview said the airport project is a waste of resource especially at this hard times ,He advised the Governor to open the window of opportunity by creating job ,building roads instead of constructing airport.
Also Association of Concerned pensioners in the state has also condemned the proposed airport project, Saying the project would at the end of the day be abandoned ,The Association condemned the project in a letter of complaints dated 12/11/2015 and published in Daily Trust and addressed to president Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Al-Makura to order.
The concerned pensioners described the airport project as a misplaced priority ,Saying the N8.3bn bailout was diverted to construct an airport that don’t have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
But the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) under the leadership of Suleiman Wambai in an interview recently commended the state Governor for the airport situated in Lafia Local Government.