The Ebonyi State government has expressed determination to forge ahead with the construction of its proposed N8billion airport, which was the subject of a protest match by angry youth to Abakaliki, the state capital, demanding compensation.
Secretary to the government Dr Kenneth Ugbala, said the government has also planed for the hosting community, Ezza clan, major infrastructure such as schools, roads and water and urged those opposed to the project to have a rethink.
The aggrieved who protested at the government House, Abakaliki last week complained that they have been rendered homeless and exposed to inclement weather threatening the health of their families as a result of the demolition exercise carried out by agents of the government at affected communities where the airport would be built. They are Umuoghara, Umuezeoka, Okaleru-Umuezekoha and Oriuzor communities in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state. They demanded compensation enable them get on with their lives.
According to the protesters, over 1000 persons are now homeless as a result of the demolition of over 200 houses
The Federal Ministry of Aviation had in September 2019 granted Ebonyi State government’s request to construct a standard airport in the state.
The approval came after a technical team from the ministry inspected the proposed site of the airport at a boundary between Ezza South and Ezza North Local Government Areas of the state.