From CHARLES ADEGBITE, Ado-Ekiti
To enable Ekiti people to give their last respects to the late deputy governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka and honour her with a befitting burial, the state government has declared Friday, April 26, 2013 a work-free day. A week-long burial programme would commence at her husband’s Lagos residence tomorrow.
In a telephone conversation with newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, said all government offices and public schools should remain closed throughout that day to mourn the death of the late deputy governor. Ekundayo stated that the move was part of the honour the people of the state owed the late deputy governor, whom he described as a reliable co-pilot to Governor Kayode Fayemi that had made the transformation agenda of the present government realisable.
The commissioner had earlier last Wednesday revealed that the husband of the late deputy governor, Mr. Lanre Olayinka, had agreed that her wife be buried in Ekiti, following the intervention of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe and members of his council. Indications emerged that Mrs. Olayinka would be buried at a location behind Enterprise Bank in Fajuyi Area of Ado Ekiti metropolis.
The site, which was presently under construction, according to government source, would become a state monument that would be named after Mrs. Olayinka for her contributions to the state. Her remains would arrive Ado-Ekiti, her ancestral home, on Wednesday from Lagos for the burial programme that would last for three days.