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 burial”.
If the governor signs the law, it will go down in the history of the state as one of the most people-centred and sensible ever to be made in Nigeria.
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