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The Anambra State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to stop expensive funerals in the state.

The bill, which was sponsored by the representative of Anaocha II Constituency, Charles Ezeani, now makes it an offence to hold funerals for more than one day in the state.

Before the bill was passed, communities held funerals for at least three days.

Ezeani said, “The Burial/Funeral Control Bill is aimed at cutting down the cost of burials in the state.”

The bill says 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 bill makes it an offence to destroy property, fire gunshots, block roads during funerals in the state.

The bill also says “no person shall subject any relation of a deceased person to a mourning period of more than one week from the date of the burial”.

It added that during funerals the family of the deceased “shall provide food for their kindred, relatives and other sympathisers at their own discretion.”

Ezeani told reporters that a monitoring and implementation committee would be set up by the Assembly to enforce the law after Governor Willie Obiano had signed it.



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  1. Misplaced priority. Mr Governor/Law maker how does expensive burial arrangement affects your state economy negatively. Rather i think this can affect your state economy positively as there will be enough money in circulation.

    Tony ACA

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    1. Nna nekwanu anya o. How does that affect the rate of unemployment, poverty and deprivation the government is putting people through? Real misplaced responsibility. Nonsense!!! Mtcheeewwwww!!! Ndiara!

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  2. It is not a misplaced priority as someone had noted; it is a right step in the right direction. Burial ceremony in Anambra State has become so competitive that bereaved families suffocate themselves financially in their desperate bids to outshine others. Funny enough, this is happening at the time many children are out of school due the present economic reality. This is to mention but a few. We need to have a rethink. Hon. Charles Ezeani and people of his like who sponsored this bill are worthy ambassadors of Anambra State. Please implementation should be immediate.

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