The Ekiti State Government has raised the alarm over illegal solicitation of funds by some unscrupulous individuals purportedly for the burial of the late Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka.
The government in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi, warned individuals within and outside the state involved in the illegal and unauthorized solicitation of funds to desist from it.
While dissociating the administration from the activities of such individuals, the statement urged members of the public to report anybody trying to obtain money or other items for the purpose of the late deputy governor’s funeral to the appropriate security agencies.
The statement noted that Mrs. Olayinka died in office as the Deputy Governor of the state with full benefits of the office.
Government, according to the statement, has put in place plans to give the late deputy governor a befitting state burial and will bear all expenses of the burial.
It reads in part:”The state government frowns at and does not encourage attempt by any group or individuals to raise funds for the state burial under any guise whatsoever.
“Members of the public are advised to discountenance and report to appropriate security agencies attempts by any individual to obtain money or other items from them for the purpose of the burial.
“We also advise individuals within and outside the state who are involved in this illegal and unauthorized solicitation to desist from it.
“The full time table for the state burial would be made public soon”.
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