ANAMBRA State House of Assembly members has passed the bill for a law to control burial/funeral ceremony activities in Anambra State and other related purposes into law
The bill, which was sponsored by member, representing Anaocha 2 Constituency, Charles Chukwuma Ezani, was read for the third time and passed into law
Ezani, after the passage of the bill at plenary expressed satisfaction over the success of the bill. In his submission, he said “The 6th Assembly will forever be remembered to have wiped away the tears of those who have not been able to bury their loved ones because of the huge amount involved.
‘I dedicate this bill to two of our colleagues in this assembly, Mmegbuanaeze and Aniuno, who have passed on.
Speaking to correspondents in an interview, Ezeani further explained his motive in sponsoring the bill.
In his words,” this bill is targeted towards cutting down expenses at funerals. Too many Anambraians have been weeping and crying and many have not been able to bury their loved ones because of the huge sum of money involved.
‘The 6th Assembly looked into these bill passionately through putting their energy by debating and making sure that it scaled through.
“With this law, the legislators have proven their love to Ndi-Anambra.
‘When one loses a loved one, it is expected that they only mourn the late person but now, people mourn not because of who died but because they don’t have the finances to do burial.
‘I know Ndi-Anambra will be as happy as we are today. The 6th Assembly will forever be remembered because of this law.
‘The era of displaying caskets publicly by sellers is over. From the commencement of this law, nobody in Anambra shall in any way showcase a casket on road sides. Those who sell caskets will display it where it would not be publicly seen.
‘People should celebrate their loved once when they are still alive not when they are dead. People now sell land and properties just to bury the dead. Some do this just to impress the public”, he frowned .
A town monitoring committee, according to the law, will comprise five members which will be created with the President General (PG) as the chairman. Three persons who shall be appointed by the traditional ruler with the consultation of his cabinet and one person who will be appointed by the town union shall make up the committee.