Anambra Bans Expensive Burial Ceremonies

By Ikenga Chronicles April 11, 2019

Anambra Bans Expensive Burial Ceremonies

The Anambra State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill banning expensive burial ceremonies.

The bill is entitled ‘a law to control burial/funeral ceremonial activities in the state.’

The sponsor of the bill, Hon Charles Ezeani, the member representing Anaocha II constituency, stated that, “Burial/funeral control bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of burial activities in the state.”

He explained further that the bill provided that 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 law prohibited destruction of property, gunshots, praise singing, blocking of roads, lavish entertainment and blocking of streets during burial ceremonies in the state.

Ezeani also said that the bill provided that, “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.”