The Nigerian Senate has on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to ban the production, importation and circulation of snipers insecticide, a product currently used to commit suicide.
This was sequel to a motion moved by senator Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) and 15 other senators on the alarming reoccurrences of suicides among Nigerians and the call for grave concern.
Orji hinged the solution to suicide on the need for the government, and other relevant corporate and religious bodies to create awarenesss on how to handle stress and depression and the establishment of trauma centres across the federation.
Senator Bamidela Opeyemi (Ekiti), contributing to his motion, added that suicide was more of a sociological issue that has to do with depression, mental issues and ultimately poverty.
Bamidele further advised that the Senate interfaces with the executive to address the economic challenges by creating opportunities for employment via industrialisation and agriculture.
Also contributing, Senator Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo) said many Nigerians were committing suicide because they were not happy, adding that a research should be conducted to figure out why.
Okorocha therefore advocated for the creation of a government Department or Ministry of Happiness to address the problem.
The Senate adopted the motion and urged the federal government through the Ministry of Information, National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Health and all relevant religious and corporate bodies to do all within their capacity to end the increasing rate of suicides among Nigeria.
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