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Gov. Fayemi inaugurates 260,000-capacity private cemetery in Ekiti ~Omonaijablog

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, on Wednesday inaugurated a 260,000-capacity cemetery in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it is the first private-owned cemetery in the state.

Fayemi, while inaugurating the ‘CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery,’ located at Eminrin area of the state, said the facility had the capacity to avert environmental hazards and safeguard the health of the citizens.

Fayemi, represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Mrs Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, said the initiative symbolised the government’s efforts towards encouraging private investors in the state.

“The smooth take-off of this business is a testimony that Ekiti is encouraging private investors to invest their hard-earned money in the state.
“This is cheaper compared to what you can get in Lagos and other cities and our people can now bring their dead parents home to be buried from other parts of the country,” he said.

Mr Abiodun Aluko, a former Deputy Governor in Ekiti and one of the facility’s Directors, said the concept of a private cemetery was universal, owing to growing population.
“The land we have here can accommodate 260,000 corpses.
“But this pilot scheme we are starting is for only 260 corpses, with the hope to expand in future until we exhaust our land resource to a full capacity.
“We have provisions for both Christians and Muslims.

“With time, we will build event facilities like halls and Churches here, where people can hold their burial procession and even reception close to the cemetery to minimise cost,” he said.

Mr Ayodele Olaiya, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, described the investment as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) saying it would generate revenues into government’s coffers and prevent outbreak of endemic diseases.

“In this part of the world, we drink majorly from boreholes and wells, so, the cemetery should be far away from homes in order not to endanger our health,” he said.

NAN

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