Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi on Wednesday inaugurated ‘CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery’, a 260,000 capacity first private-owned cemetery in the state.
While inaugurating the cemetery located at Eminrin area of the state, Fayemi said the facility had the capacity to avert environmental hazards and safeguard the health of the citizens.
Fayemi who was represented by Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, the Commissioner for Environment, said the action symbolised the government’s efforts toward 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.
“With this investment by a private body, Ekiti is no longer a rural setting.
“In USA, Britain and other European countries, you can’t just bury your dead at home.
“Aside the fact that it causes ground water pollution, it devalues our buildings and reduces its aesthetic values.
“This is a public-private initiative but will be driven largely by the private owners.
“We appeal to the drivers of this business to try and replicate this across the 16 local governments in the state, so that our late parents can be buried easily in cemeteries that are neater and well laid out.
“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,” she said.
The governor assured that every step would be taken to support business owners in Ekiti through the relevant legal framework and giving of tax waiver.