The Ekiti state government sympathized with the families of Joseph Okunofua and Kehinde Dada, students of the Federal University of Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) who lost their lives during Tuesday’s protest in Oye-Ekiti.
The government delegation composed of the secretary of the state government, Hon Biodun Oyebanji; Chief of Staff of the Governor, Hon Biodun Omoleye; Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Chief (Ms) Moji Fafure; Environment Commissioner, Hon Gbenga Ageyo; legislator representing Ido / Osi 1 in the State assembly, the Hon. Abiodun Fawekun and the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Enuice Oladimeji, visited the two families of Ido-Ekiti and Usi-Ekiti on Friday afternoon.
The delegation led by SE. Oyebanji visited Ms. Esther Okunofua, Joseph’s mother, who was a 300-year-old biological education student at Ido-Ekiti and Mr. and Mrs. Adedayo Dada, Kehinde Dada’s parents at Usi Ekiti.
Oyebanji said the visit was at the behest of the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was saddened by the unfortunate incident, adding that the visit had to show that the state government shared their pain and encouraged them during the trial period.
“On the instruction of the governor, delegation of the government is here to condole with the families that lost their loved ones during the unfortunate incident that happened in Oye Ekiti. We are here to commiserate, encourage them to take heart and to assure them that government is with them in this trying period”, Oyebanji said.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Chief (Mrs) Moji Fafure who also spoke with the parents in Yoruba language urged the parents of the deceased to take solace in the word of God as no amount of counselling can fill the vacuum created by the irreparable loss. She also prayed for the families.
“The Governor and his wife sent their condolence messages. They share in your grief over the unfortunate incident and they prayed that God in His mercies will not allow a reoccurrence. The loss is painful but it is our prayer that the Almighty God will keep your remaining children safe. Never again will you bury any of your children”, she said.
At the resident of the late Kehinde Dada, the deceased’s elder brother, Bankole Dada thanked the government delegation for sharing in their grief.