The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday inaugurated 260,000 capacity first private cemetery in the state, saying the concept will avert environmental hazards and safeguard the health of the citizens.
The inauguration took place at ‘CitiGate Park and Gardens Cemetery’ located in the Eminrin area of the state capital.
Fayemi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Barr. Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen, submitted that the smooth take off of the business was a testimony that the state was encouraging private investors to invest their hard-earned monies in the state.
The Governor said that with the investment by a private body, Ekiti was no longer a rural setting, pointing at USA, Britain and other European countries, that do not bury their dead at home.
While maintaining that burying the dead at home may cause groundwater pollution, and devalues buildings and reduces its aesthetic value, Fayemi assured that every step will be taken to support business owners in Ekiti through the relevant legal framework and giving of tax waiver.