Expensive funeral activities has been officially outlawed in Anambra State as the state House Of Assembly passed the bill titled ‘A Law To Control Burial/Funeral Ceremony Activities in the state.
The law makes it an offence to hold a funeral for more than a day in the state as burial ceremonies in communities usually last an average of three days.
The bill sponsored by the member representing Anaocha II constituency, Charles Ezeani, stated that “Burial/funeral control bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of burial activities in the state”.
“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 provided that in the event of death.
Destruction of property, gunshots, praise-singing, blocking of roads and streets during burial ceremonies in the state are now prohibited and no person shall subject any relation of the deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of the burial ceremony”.
It further stipulates that during burial and funeral ceremonial activities, the family of the deceased “shall provide food for their kindred, relatives and other sympathizers at their own discretion.