Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has declared Friday, May 19, a work-free day in the state in honour of the late General Adeyinka Adebayo, the former Military Governor of the old Western Region.
Fayose said this during a meeting with members and executives of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said the late Adebayo had paid his dues and contributed immensely to the growth and development of Yorubaland and nothing would be too big to honour him with.
The statement reads: “It was in that respect that the new Government House was named after him as well as the General Hospital, Iyin-Ekiti. We need to celebrate our heroes irrespective of political leanings. We are quick to chastise those who do bad and we must not shy away from recognising people who have done well.
“I also want you to come out in large number to be part of the programmes to be held for him in the state. The work-free day does not affect the banks in the state,” he said.
The body of the deceased will lie-in-state at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti on Friday before interment on Saturday in Iyin-Ekiti.
Earlier, the governor had met with youths between the ages of 17 and 22, noting that his administration has a master plan for the development of youths.
Fayose said a social security scheme would soon be put in place for them, adding that all ongoing projects in the state would be completed.