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Kaduna State Gets Burial Law

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Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill to regulate the burial of persons whose deaths are registrable and still born children whose births if they had been born alive would have been registrable.

The passage followed the presentation of the report by its committee on Lands, Surveys and Country Planning on the bill, in which the paragraph 3 (1) line 7 of the standard rules of the house was set aside to allow for the third reading of the bill followed by the passage.

The sitting which was presided by the deputy speaker, Nuhu Shadalafiya, said the law can be cited as the Kaduna State Burial law.

The law is aimed at regulating the burial of persons and prohibit the burial of persons in residential dwelling houses in urban areas in the state.

He added that the bill would also give local governments power to appropriate sufficient funds for the establishment, staffing, maintenance, fencing and security of burial grounds.

According to him, the bill when it comes into force would ensure that the birth of a child and death of a person shall be registered by the registrar of births and deaths of the local government area and that immediately upon registering any death or receiving information of birth of any still born child, the registrar shall issue a certificate for the burial of the body.

Unless a magistrate or medical officer in writing ordered otherwise, no body of a deceased person whose death is register-able or a still born child whose birth if he had been born alive would have been register-able shall be buried or otherwise disposed of until a certificate is granted by the registrar or an order is made by the coroner.

“Any person contravening the provisions of this subsection shall on conviction be liable to fine of not less than fifty thousand naira (50,000) only,” the bill stated.

The bill further explained that any person who willfully buries or otherwise disposes off, the body of any deceased child though born alive, as if it were still born shall on conviction, be liable to a fine of not less than fifty thousand naira (N50,000) only.

Meanwhile the Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to make provision for the conservation, management and effective use of forest and declaration of forest reserves, prevention of deforestation and control of forests.

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