Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka
By Toba Suleiman
As preparations for final burial rites for the deputy governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, begin this week, Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State has been given a face lift in honour of the deceased.
This came as the state government yesterday declared April 26 a work-free day for the celebrations.
Also, work is in progress on the construction of the site where the former deputy governor would be finally laid to rest, at a location behind Enterprise Bank in Fajuyi area of Ado-Ekiti metropolis.
Since the last one week, beautification works have been highly in progress, with the painting of the dividers, installations of more electricity poles, while more construction of roads are also in progress.
The late deputy governor died on April 6, in a Lagos hospital after a protracted battle with cancer.
THISDAY gathered that the state is now in high mood to receive the body of the late deputy governor, described as amiable.
THISDAY learnt that the face lift exercise became necessary in view of the host of dignitaries that are likely to besiege the state for the burial.
The site, which is presently under construction, according to government source, would become a state monument that would be named after Olayinka for her immense contributions to the state.
Addressing a press conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tayo Ekundayo, said all the government offices and public schools should remain closed throughout that day to celebrate the death of the late deputy governor.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has condoled with Fayemi, on the death of Olayinka, which he described as a great loss to politics and the banking industry.
Speaking at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti where he had gone to commiserate with the governor, Shettima, who also came into public service from the banking sector like the late deputy governor, said the passing of Olayinka was painful and unbearable to Nigerians, and indeed the entire residents of the state.
The governor, who stressed that the death of Olayinka was an irreparable loss, stated that the deputy governor had served the state well given his knowledge of her conducts at National Economic Council meetings when she stood in for Fayemi.
He called on God to grant the family, the government and the people of Ekiti State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.