Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Religious bodies, other stakeholders reject bill on cremation in Lagos

The proposed bill on voluntary cremation of corpses and unclaimed corpses in the Lagos State mortuaries has been rejected by all religious groups and other stakeholders.

A cross section of both Christian and muslim faithful at the public hearing on the bill today at the State House of Assembly Complex in Alausa condemned the planned burning of unclaimed corpses in state mortuaries.

They advised the state government to consult more with the religious bodies to give a befitting burial to the alleged unclaimed corpses.

Some members of the Muslim Lawyers Association described the bill as unconstitutional.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Taiwo Kolawole said the bill has nothing to do with any religious group but to find an alternative way of decongesting mortuaries in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Yewande Adeshina called for the understanding of the religious to ensure the passage of the bill. 

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