The Abia state House of Assembly has mandated the Local Government councils of Aba North, Aba South, Osisioma Ngwa, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ugwunagbo, Ohafia and obingwa to establish a cemetery each in their areas.
Also Ministry of Lands in conjunction with Ministry of Urban Renewal was directed as a matter of urgency to designate appropriate locations for cemeteries in aforementioned local government areas within Aba and Umuahia.
These were the resolutions of the House in its sitting on Wednesday 18th July 2012 following a motion raised in the floor of the House by the member representing Umuahia South state constituency, Hon. Chidi Nwosu.
Hon. Chidi Nwosu had informed the House that the urban cities of Umuahia as capital and Aba as a commercial nerve centre of Abia State had cemeteries established during the colonial era at opposite Golden Guinea Breweries for Umuahia and cemetery road for Aba respectively.
He said Orthodox churches like Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist had their church yards as cemetery which according to him no longer existed.
Hon. Nwosu disclosed that commercial activities had taken over cemeteries as in cemetery market in cemetery road in Aba while residential buildings and artisans had taken over most of the cemetery area opposite Golden Guinea Breweries, Umuahia.
The law maker stated that the urban centres of Umuahia and Aba were expanding massively and the emerging satellite towns had submerged aboriginal village settings, most offspring of original landlords had become landless landlords and therefore could not be buried in their compounds and homes because they do not have any.
According to him, people of different cultures, tradition and religion reside in these urban centres of Umuahia and Aba, giving example of the Muslim community who bury their dead few hours after death occur and yet don’t have land of their own.
Hon. Nwosu cited examples of lunatics who die from time to time on our streets, roads and even in public places and criminals killed during exchange of gun battle with security agents, pointing out that these categories are found dumped or buried around the city refuse dump sites which is inhuman and indecent.
He therefore prayed the House to mandate local government councils in Aba and Umuahia to establish a cemetery each in their area.
Hon. Chidi Nwosu also prayed the House to direct the Ministry of Lands in conjunction with Ministry of Urban renewal to as a matter of urgency designate appropriate locations for cemeteries in the local government areas within Aba and Umuahia.