In its continued efforts towards developing and creating a viable transportation system, the Ogun Government has said work is still in progress on the proposed State-owned airport project.
Mr Gbenga Dairo, Commissioner for Transportation, dropped the hint while defending the budget of his Ministry before the Appropriation Committee of the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
Dairo said that the contractor handling the project had done some preliminary work with the report ready, part of which informed the choice of location of the project.
Dairo added that the availability of the existing transportation infrastructure, with a proven demand for developmental land, as well as its proximity to the existing Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, in order to prevent interference, have been of immense benefit.
The Commissioner further stated that the Ministry has earmarked a sum of N880million as total expenditure for year 2021, and currently working on the legal frame-work that would help in its smooth running of the transportation sector.
He added that the Capital expenditure would gulp N706million with series of laudable programmes, policies and projects lineup in the ministry, including extension of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ,to some border towns with Lagos state.
He stated that recurrent expenditure was put at N173million to enhance safety of all road users.
He noted that the Ministry would collaborate with its counterpart in Lagos state to explore opportunities, saying government was mindful of activities at the border town and the need to make proper planning, to ensure opportunities for the overall benefit of the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Olakunle Sobunkanla charged the Ministry to find a way to reduce carnage on the road and ensure safety of lives and property of road users.
He appealed to the ministry to guard the board and agency under its purview to perform optimally in year 2021 budget performance.
Sobukanla assured that the State House of Assembly was ready to support the Ministry, towards improving the state transportation system.