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Fayemi inaugurates a private cemetery with a capacity of 260,000 places in Ekiti



Fayemi inaugurates a private cemetery with a capacity of 260,000 places in Ekiti

By Yinusa Ishola

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Wednesday inaugurated a first private cemetery with a capacity of 260,000 places, the first in the state.

Fayemi, at the inauguration of the “CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery” located in the Eminrin area, said the facility has the ability to avoid environmental hazards and protect the health of citizens.

Fayemi, represented by Environment Commissioner Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, said the initiative symbolized the government’s efforts to encourage private investors in the state.

“The smooth take-off of this business is a testament that Ekiti encourages private investors to invest their hard-earned money in the state.

“With this investment from a private organization, Ekiti is no longer a rural area.

“In the United States, Britain and other European countries, you can’t just bury your dead in your own home.

“Besides the fact that it causes groundwater pollution, it devalues ​​our buildings and reduces its aesthetic values.

“This is a public-private initiative, but it will be driven largely by private owners.

“We call on the drivers of this company to try to replicate this in the 16 local governments of the state, so that our late relatives can be buried easily in cleaner and well-appointed cemeteries.”

“It’s cheaper compared to what you can get in Lagos and other cities and our residents can now bring their deceased relatives home to be buried in other parts of the country,” he said. he declared.

The governor assured that all measures would be taken to support business owners in Ekiti, through the relevant legal framework and the granting of a tax exemption.

Mr. Abiodun Aluko, former deputy governor of Ekiti and one of the directors of the establishment, said the concept of a private cemetery was universal, due to the growing population.

According to him, Ekiti should not be exempt from the emerging world civilization.

“The land we have here can accommodate 260,000 corpses.

“But this pilot program that we are launching involves only 260 corpses, with the hope of expanding in the future until we exhaust our land resources to full capacity.

“We have provisions for Christians and Muslims.

“Over time, we will build event facilities like halls and churches here, where people can hold their funeral procession and even a reception near the cemetery to keep costs down,” he said.

Mr Ayodele Olaiya, CEO of the company, described the investment as a public-private partnership (PPP) claiming that it would generate revenue in government coffers and prevent the emergence of endemic diseases.

“In this part of the world, we mainly drink from boreholes and wells, so the cemetery should be away from homes so as not to endanger our health,” he said. (NAA)

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