Do you live in Lagos? And are you worried about what to do with a dead relation? The Lagos State Government has today signed into law a bill permitting cremation of dead bodies.
Cremation is a method of disposal of dead bodies in some other parts of the world especially India, instead of the interment of the corpses commonly employed in Nigeria and other African countries.
While signing the bill into law today, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, said, “The law tells a story of the full consciousness of how global our state has become; people migrate here, build homes here, set up businesses here.
“And if some people think cremation is the best way to do what they want to do, I think, we should also as a global city, provide that choice as it is done in all other global cities of the world,” he said.
The governor however explained that the government has only provided another option saying that normal burial is still open for all.
Adeola Ipaye, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, explained that residents must satisfy come conditions before they could be allowed to cremate.
He said, “In the case where the deceased did not specify this, family members not below the age of 18 years must have applied to the appropriate authorities with a death certificate ascertaining the cause of death before approval could be granted,”