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By David Uka Abakaliki
Ebonyi State Government has called on the protesting community of Aguogboriga Umuoghara in Ezza North LGA to stop protesting against the sitting in their community of an international airport in their domain as the State government will compensate those who might be displaced
Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Barr Uchenna Uche who described the protest as a distraction and handiwork of detractors, reassured of the government preparedness to adequately compensate those who may be displaced from the community as a result of the ptoject..
The project site cuts across five communities including Amuzu in Ezza
South Local Government, Umuoghara, Umuezeoka, Umuezekoha and another
community all in Ezza North local government areas of the State.
It would be recalled that Aguogboriga, Umuoghara community in Ezza North local Government area of Ebonyi state had on Monday protested and rejected the sitting of the airport in their community.
This demonstration is coming barely few days Governor David Umahi secured the approval of President Muhammadu
Buhari and Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the construction of an International Airport after securing some lands in Ezza North and Ezza South local government areas of the state.
Umahi had last week invited all the stakeholders in Ezza North and South to a meeting held at Government House and promised to pay compensation to those that may be displaced as a result of the Airport project.
The Commissioner said nothing will stop the state government from constructing the airport at the approved site, adding that all land belongs to government and called on the people to support the project as it will generate employment opportunities and other socio economic development in the area.
“Some villagers in Umuoghara community in Ezza north LGA, protested yesterday, “we needed to put the record straight. As a matter of fact, the state government under the leadership of the Governor Chief David Umahi has a plan to develop the state and needed to build an international airport for the state.
“The stakeholders of Umuoghara community were consulted about the area to site the international airport. Consideration were given on the area of centrality and it fall on Ezza North and part of Ezza South LGAs.
“The Governor did not only consult stakeholders but also held a meeting with the owners of the lands and decisions were reached on where to site the airport, that will be central to the people of the state in general.
“The Governor has severally met with the stakeholders and owners of the lands and issue of compensation was also resolved. It was agreed that enumeration be made so that where the issues of building and economic trees affected can be compensated.
“Before this administration, the people of Ezza North were so neglected and the governor said such thing will not happen at his own time. I therefore call on the general public to treat the protest with the wave of hand. It is just an orchestration of people who think that they could blackmail the responsible government led by Chief David Umahi” he stated.