Youth Group protests rising cases of suicide 

Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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The Youth Advocates for Peace, Justice, and Empowerment Network in partnership with Association of Southern Nigeria and Rotaract Club, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, have appealed to government at all levels to help mitigate the hardship faced by youths by setting up programmes that would impact their lives.

The youths made the appeal in Awka, while creating awareness on the dangers of suicide especially in different tertiary institutions of the country.

The youths in their numbers walked from Nnamdi Azikiwe University first gate Ifite-Awka down to Arroma Junction, with inscription on their placards, “inspire hope say no to suicide, stop suicide and embrace hope, and take a deep breath; don’t take your last breath”.

They lamented on the high rate of suicides among Nigerian youths who should be the leaders of tomorrow.

Unscrupulous act
According to the Executive Director, Youth Advocates for Peace Justice and Empowerment Network, Mr. Timothy Nwachukwu said the awareness is to address the unscrupulous act of Nigerian youths in ending their lives due to depression and frustration.

Mr. Nwachukwu, who described suicide as a taboo that does not align with the culture and tradition of the people, called on the media across the country to play active role in the fight against suicide by creating good media contents that would inspire the people.

The President Rotaract Club, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Mr. Solomon Nwojij advised youths to embrace hope and engage themselves in some activities that would make them have a brighter future.

Soft loans
The Chief Information Officer, Association of Southern Nigeria, Mr. Udochukwu Ofomata, and a student of Unizik, Mr. Collins Igwe, said the government should make soft loans available with certificate backed collateral for the unemployed graduated youths.

They advocated for a decrease in tuition fees to make education accessible to the poor, creating employment and sporting activities to engage the youth, adding that “an idle man is the devil’s workshop”.

 

Sammie Idika