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Fayemi names 13-man committee for Fasanmi’s burial

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The Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has set up a 13-man committee to co-ordinate the burial ceremony of the late Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, who died on July 30, 2020 at 94 years.

This was contained in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, which was made available to newsmen yesterday in Ado-Ekiti.

Oyebode said the committee members would work with the family of the late elder statesman and Osun State government to ensure a befitting burial for the deceased, who would be buried in Iyin-Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Council of Ekiti State tomorrow, August 4, 2020.

The committee is headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji.

Other members include: Mr. Biodun Oyebanji (Chairman), Senator Bunmi Adetunmbi, Mr. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, Tope Ogunleye, Chief Folorunsho Olabode, Paul Omotosho, Femi Ajayi, Mr. Ayoola Owolabi, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, Chief (Mrs.) Moji Fafure, Brig.-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana (rtd), Chief Alaba Abejide and Mr. Taju Adejumo (Secretary).

In another development, the senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi, has urged the Federal Government to devise more holistic approaches toward reducing the trafficking of Nigerians abroad for prostitution, slavery and other nefarious crimes.

Olujimi, who spoke with journalists, yesterday, in respect of the global action against trafficking in persons held on July 30, 2020, said thousands of Nigerians were still trapped in Europe, Asia and other continents despite the efforts of the Federal Government through the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to nip the practice in the bud.

The senator, who spoke with journalists, yesterday, in respect of the global action against trafficking in persons held on July 30, 2020, said: “Our youths, especially female, are still being lured by false and unrealistic promises to make the dangerous journeys to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East where they are subjected to gender-based violence and other forms of inhumane treatment.

“Many of our unemployed youths leave Nigeria and risk their lives to seek greener pastures in these countries, but most end up in exploitative and slavish situations.”

Olujimi said that some of the agencies masquerading as travel agencies for overseas’ job seekers were receptive and do not mean well for those they recruit, especially the female folks.

The lawmaker, who is currently working on the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in the National Assembly to provide protection for girls and women, said: “We are looking forward to a more holistic methodology to be adopted through co-operation between different agencies so that every aspect of the problem can be tackled simultaneously.”


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