Osu cemetery recycles unmanned graves for new burial

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Management of the Osu Public Cemetery is recycling unmanned graves for new burials due to the lack of space in the cemetery.

A practice, they described as hazardous to the health of the workers and sacrilegious to the dead.

A former sexton of the cemetery, Mr Amuzu Logo said in an interview last Friday that the management was left with no other option than to resort to a system where unmaintained graves were recycled for new burials.

“The cemetery is technically full so we look at graves that are not properly kept by bereaved families and clean it up for new burials,” he said.

He added that in events of the recycling, workers tend to find remains of bodies which have not gone under complete decay.

“Ghanaian tradition too holds some form of respect for the dead so we cannot continue to clean up graves to create space for new burials,” he added.

Mr Amuzu therefore appealed to the government and the Ga traditional council to provide a land space for extension to curb the gruesome menace of the cemetery.

Other challenges

He added that the cemetery, for some time now, has become a flood prone area which leaved the place muddy after heavy downfalls, thereby, making it difficult for burials to take place in the rainy season.

“As the rainy season has started, work in the cemetery has also come to a halt because it becomes impossible to work in the mud,” he explained.

Mr Amuzu therefore appealed to the general public and well-wishers to come to their aid by constructing pavements in the cemetery to reduce the evens of flood and its accompanying mud.

He said that though the Life Star Guided some five years ago constructed some pavements for the cemetery, it was not enough to curb the upsurge of flooding. “We will need the support of individuals to help maintain the cemetery that serves our own interest,” he said.

Touching on sanitation of the place, some workers revealed that hawkers and pedestrians have been defying the place because some parts of the walls were broken.

“Should these walls be fixed, there is not going to be any encroachers to create a mess in the cemetery,” they said.

Institutional Memory

The main office is currently faced with Institutional Memory (IM), which makes it impossible to retrieve very old files that may contain very concrete and vital information, such as the first person to be buried in the cemetery.

These files, according to Mr Amuzu contained information that contributed to the development of selected theme in Ghanaian history.

Quick read

The Osu Public Cemetery is now recycling unmanned graves for new burials which poses a health hazards to the lives of workers of the cemetery.

By Ademadjiku Yayra Abena Anna

GIJ

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