Anambra House of Assembly passes bill to ban expensive burial ceremony

Anambra House of Assembly passes bill to ban expensive burial ceremony

- Anambra state House of Assembly has passed a bill banning burial ceremony in the state

- According to report, the bill seeks to curtail and cut down the cost of burial activities in the state and to prosecute offenders

- The bill was sponsored by House member representing Anaocha 2 constituency, Honourable Charles Ezeani

A bill to control excessive burial and funeral ceremonial activities in Anambra has been passed by the state House of Assembly.

The bill, which was passed on Wednesday, April 10, was sponsored by House member representing Anaocha 2 constituency, Honourable Charles Ezeani.

Legit.ng gathers that the bill was passed after it had been considered at the committee level of the House.

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The bill seeks to curtail and cut down the cost of burial activities in the state and to prosecute offenders.

According to the bill, nobody shall deposit any corps at the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of demise.

The bill, which states that burial ceremonies in the state shall be for one day, stipulates that during burial and funeral ceremonial activities, the family of the deceased shall provide entertainment for their kindred, relatives and other sympathisers at their own discretion.

Destruction of property, gunshots, praise singing, blocking of roads and streets have been banned and defaulters will be punished.

The bill also stipulates that nobody shall subject any relation of the deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of burial ceremony.

Hon Ezeani, who sponsored the bill, said the bill has provision for monitoring and implementation committee that would enforce the law.

Lawmakers were commended by the speaker of the House, Rita Maduagwu, for passing a bill that would stop unnecessary burial expenses in Anambra state.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that peace may have returned to some communities in Anambra West local government area as governor of the state, Willie Obiano, reportedly resolved the crisis between herdsmen and farmers.

Some persons were killed and others were injured at two farm settlements in Anam, a community in the local government area recently after suspected herdsmen invaded the crop plantations.

The state commissioner for information and public enlightenment, Don Adinuba, said in a statement on Tuesday, April 9, in Awka, that the crisis was over.

The commissioner added that the resolution was swiftly carried out following the directive by Governor Obiano to the state security council members.

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