Ex-Minister Maku Knocks Al-Makura Over N6.1bn Airport Project


The candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance in the 2015 governorship election, Labaran Maku, has condemned the alleged approval of N6.1bn for the construction of Kwandare-Lafia Airport by the state executive council.
Maku, who is the national secretary of APGA, made the condemnation during the official inauguration of a private radio station in Lafia, Breeze F.M 99:9.
He described the decision as a misplacement of priority.
Maku, who is a former minister of information, said the policy to embark on the airport was anti-people.
He expressed displeasure over the payment of civil servants’ salaries in instalment, adding that the people of the state had been impoverished.
Specifically, he urged the Governor Tanko Al-Makura-led administration to listen to the pleas of the people for better life.
Describing the plan to embark on the airport as a white elephant project, Maku advised the state government to execute welfare packages for the masses.
He said the airport project had no direct bearing on the lives of the people of Nasarawa State.
He said, “There is no water in Kokona for the past five years, the same is applicable to Karu, the gateway to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Is an airport our topmost need now?
“The state government should provide basic infrastructure such as water, schools, health facilities for the general welfare of the workforce.
“Airport construction should be later. Even if he insists on an airport it should be sited in a suitable location that is friendly like the Karu area or Karshi, which will serve as an alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.” END.

Fulani gunmen kill 15, destroy houses in Benue

Not fewer than 15 people were killed and houses destroyed by Fulani gunmen yesterday at Ikyoawen in Moor District and Diiv as well as Alaba villages of Nzaav council wards all in Turan, Kwande local councils of Benue State
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said that the marauders first invaded Ikyoawen in Moor District on Sunday and killed four persons and later went to Nzaav District  where they killed 11 persons.
He said the Fulani herdsmen had ransacked the areas five years ago and had been grazing in the areas causing panics to Tiv farmers who are the original inhabitants.
It was also learnt from the locals that the latest attack came as early as 7:00 a.m. when the people were preparing to go to their farms.
But the state co-ordinator, Myitti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, denied knowledge of any killing or invasion of Turan communities. He stated that it was just last week that 300 cattle belonging to Fulani were rustled by criminals.
Gololo, therefore, called on security agents to mobilise forces to the area to check criminality so as to restore peace in the communities.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) confirmed the death of two Tiv farmers. He said that the bodies of the victim had been deposited at the NKST Hospital morgue at Jato Aka in Kwande Local Council of the state.
He said police personnel had already been drafted to the area to maintain peace.


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