Senate urges action to check suicide

Senate urges action to check suicide

The Deputy Senate leader, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has sued for synergy that would help curb the alarming rate of suicide in Nigeria. He appealed to traditional and religious leaders, to take the fight against suicide seriously. He said this during the induction Ceremony of Africa Project Against Suicide Board of Trustee members held in Abuja

The Deputy Senate leader, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has sued for synergy that would help curb the alarming rate of suicide in Nigeria.

He appealed to traditional and religious leaders, to take the fight against suicide seriously.

He said this during the induction Ceremony of Africa Project Against Suicide Board of Trustee members held in Abuja on Tuesday.

SENATE PRESIDENT AHMED LAWAL

Boroffice was inducted as the Chairman of the Board. Other members of the Board are Mr Swem Collins, Mr Debulak Lamu, Pharm Sotunde Adenike, Pastor Peter Inyang, Pastor Honey Olawale and Mr. Roland Andekin.

While speaking, the Deputy Senate Leader said the frequent suicide cases in Nigeria has become an issue of concern to the Nigerian Senate.

The senator said the issue was thoroughly discussed on the floor of the Senate and the Senate recommended the ban of snipers and other urgent measures.

In his words, “I agreed to serve as the chairman of this board because of the seriousness of the issue on ground”.

He also counselled the newly constituted board members to work in unity and unison with a focus on combating Suicide.

In the meantime, the guest speaker, Mr. Kola Akinpelu said only Botswana has National strategy on suicide in Africa.

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He appealed to the Nigerian Government to also come up with a national strategy on the issue of suicide.

He also said the fight against suicide cannot be effectively done individually by any organization without the cooperation of the government.

Akinpelu advised that awareness programmes should be taken to all parts of Nigeria.

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