ANAMBRA BANS PUBLIC DISPLAY OF CASKETS, DEPOSITING CORPSES BEYOND TWO MONTHS

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ANAMBRA BANS PUBLIC DISPLAY OF CASKETS, DEPOSITING CORPSES BEYOND TWO MONTHS

The Anambra State Government has banned the depositing of corpses in the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of death.

This is contained in a law enacted by the Anambra State House of Assembly. The law is to control burial and funeral ceremony activities in the state.

Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo commended the assembly for the legislation.

“Anambra Burial Law is a very Progressive law to remove the burden and pressure on the poor as well as liberate women from oppressive practices during burials,” Soludo said.

“We celebrate “befitting living” and only a decent funeral.”

By this law, all mortuary attendants are to report to the Ministry of Health of any corpse which has stayed beyond one month from the date it was deposited.

It warned that any person who contravenes the provisions will be fined N100,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

According to the new law, there shall be no public display of caskets for fabrication and sale.

They state that whoever is found guilty will pay a fine of N50,000 or one-month imprisonment or both. Also, the law looked into the registration of burial and funeral ceremonies.

It stipulated that all burial and funeral ceremonies of indigenous deceased persons in the state shall be registered with the town union of the indigenous deceased person.

Also, the registration fee for each burial and funeral ceremony shall be N 1,500.

Also, the new law warned against the blocking of roads and streets during burial ceremonies.It advised that this can only be done with permission from the appropriate Local Government Authority.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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