The Anambra State House Of Assembly has handed a invoice that seeks the discount within the bills of organising funeral and burial rites within the state, and to prosecute offenders.
Sponsored by Hon. Charles Ezeani, the member representing Anaocha 11 constituency, the invoice was handed after due consideration by House throughout Wednessday’s plenary session.
The simply handed invoice supplies that within the occasion of loss of life, no particular person shall deposit any corpse within the mortuary or anyplace past two months from the day of the loss of life.
The invoice additionally famous that from the graduation of the legislation, no particular person shall topic any relation of the deceased particular person to a mourning interval of a couple of week from the date of burial ceremony.
Apart from the variety of days advisable for burial ceremonies, the invoice equally frowns on different flamboyant technique of celebration which will trigger destruction of property, gunshots, praise-singing, blocking of roads and streets throughout burial ceremonies; it additionally states that defaulters shall be punished in accordance with the legislation.
It additional states that burial ceremonies within the state shall be for sooner or later.
The invoice additional stipulates that in burial and funeral ceremonial actions, the household of the deceased shall present leisure for his or her kindred, kinfolk and different sympathizers at their very own discretion.
Speaking additional on the signifance of the invoice, Charles Ezeani, the sponsor of the invoice who represents Anaocha 2 Constituency, maintained that the invoice additionally made provision for a monitoring and implementation committee that may implement the legislation in addition to their tasks.
The lawmaker described the invoice as “an necessary and nice achievement by the sixth Anambra Assembly”, because it had put to relaxation the excessive price of burial and funeral actions within the state.
Rita Maduagwu, Speaker of the Assembly, recommended the lawmakers on the short passage of the invoice, saying it might “average burial bills within the state”.