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11 Apr 2019

"No More Expensive Burial,The Dead Must Not Be Mourned For No Than One Week"Bill Passed In Anambra

The Anambra State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to stop
expensive funerals in the state.

The bill, which was sponsored by the representative of Anaocha II
Constituency, Charles Ezeani, now makes it an offence to hold funerals
for more than one day in the state. Before the bill was passed,
communities held funerals for at least three days. Ezeani said, "The
Burial/ Funeral Control Bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of
burials in the state."

The bill says in the event of death "no person shall deposit any
corpse in the mortuary or any place beyond two months from the date of
the death, while burial ceremonies in the state shall be for one day".
The bill makes it an offence to destroy property, fire gunshots, block
roads during funerals in the state.

The bill also says "no person shall subject any relation of a deceased
person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of the

It added that during funerals the family of the deceased "shall
provide food for their kindred, relatives and other sympathisers at
their own discretion." Ezeani told reporters that a monitoring and
implementation committee would be set up by the Assembly to enforce
the law after Governor Willie Obiano had signed it

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