Anambra State Assembly Bans Expensive, Elaborate Burial Ceremony - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Anambra State Assembly Bans Expensive, Elaborate Burial Ceremony

• Rt. Hon. . Rita Maduagwu

Anambra State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill making elaborate and expensive burial activities in the state unlawful.

The bill sponsored by Hon. Charles Ezeani 
 representing Anaocha 2 Constituency, was passed after it was thoroughly considered at the committee level.
The bill provides that in the event of death, no person shall not keep a corpse at the mortuary for a period exceeding two months from the date of demise while offenders will be prosecuted.

If eventually assented to by the executive Governor,  burial ceremonies in Anambra state shall henceforth be for one day and the family 
of the deceased shall be at liberty to decide whether or not to entertain their kindred, relatives and other sympathizers during burial.

The bill also provides that from the commencement of the law, no person shall subject any relation of the deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of burial ceremony.

The bill also outlaws the destruction of property, gun shots, praise singing, blocking of roads and streets.

Whoever flout the law would be punished according to its provisions.

The speaker of the House, Mrs. Rita Maduagwu lauded the state legislators for passing a bill that would curtail elaborate and unnecessary burial expenses in Anambra state.

Marian Yomi, Asaba

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