Senate seeks solution to lingering social vices

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


The Senate has again expressed concern at the rising cases of suicide, rape and other social vices that are gradually becoming part of the Nigerian society.

It therefore urged government to establish trauma centres across the country while creating awareness on how to control stress and depression.

The Senate also advised the government to ban the production, importation or circulation of snipers insecticide which is said to be used to commit suicide.

These resolutions were part of the outcome of Tuesday’s plenary as the Lawmakers deliberated on ways to curb the menace of suicide following a motion sponsored by Senator Theodore Orji and 15 others.

The motion is titled; ‘Rising incidences of suicides among Nigerians.’

Special intervention programme
Senate also resolved to engage the Presidency on the need to expand the scope and content of the special intervention programme and to leverage on extant schemes like the N-Power in creating economic opportunities for the vulnerable people.

In its eight point resolution, the Senate also urged the Nigerian government to review the school curriculum, setting up compulsory courses that would enable students place value on their lives and detest suicide.

Religious bodies across the federation were also urged to always preach amongst their members, the virtues of Love, peace, and how to relieve stress and depression.


Mercy Chukwudiebere