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query_builder April 10, 2019 16:25:18


By Madichie Henrietta

Awka, April 10, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly in plenary passed a bill to control funeral ceremonial ceremonies in the state.

Leading the debate, member representing Anaocha 2 constituency, Mr Charles Ezeani emphasised the importance of the bill, which would aim at cutting down on costs in carrying out funeral ceremonies.

Mr Ezeani, who sponsored the debate, said that the bill would protect the poor from the want of money to carry out burial activities.

He added that control had been placed on food and drinks only at the discretion of the bereaved, stressing that the ceremony had been limited to a one day burial activity.

He said that widows were expected to mourn for a period of a week and at liberty to shave if they so desire for the sake of the dead.        

Ezeani noted that the essence of a funeral ceremony was to mourn the dead and not to try to impress the masses.

 Speaker, Mrs Rita Maduagwu commended the members of the 6th Assembly for their efforts at seeing that funeral ceremonies in the state were checked to protect the poor.

``The bill will put smiles on faces of Ndi Anambra as there will  be no road blocks  of any sort and gunshots or frivolous spending during funerals,’’ she said.

She said the bill would be cited as ``Anambra State Burial/Funeral Ceremonial Control Law, 2019’’, and would come into force on April 9.

At the end of the debate, the Speaker called for voice votes and the Bill was passed into Law. (MOI)