The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday said it would seek the opinion of the public on its proposed bill on cremation of corpses in the state on Wednesday.
According to the Chairman of the Committee on Health Services, Suru Avoseh, the hearing, which will take place at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium of the Assembly, will also be an eye-opener for members of the public, including those in the health sector.
He said, “Cremation can be less costly than burial. There is no need for casket, embalment and interment.
“The committee paid a visit to all our mortuaries in the state, and we found out the best option to reduce corpses in the mortuaries is to make a law that will reduce the money which the government spends on mass burial.”
The lawmaker added that the bill stipulates that approval of the family for cremation of a body should be sought.
“Furthermore, subject to subsection two of the bill; after a cremation, the cremation authority must give the ashes to the applicant or a person nominated by the applicant.
“For the disposal of ashes, the cremated remains may be returned to the relatives of the deceased in a decorated container with a certificate of cremation prepared under the authority of cremation company,” he said.