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Suicide: Ban production, importation, circulation of sniper – Senate tells FG

Suicide: Ban production, importation, circulation of sniper – Senate tells FG

The Senate, Tuesday called on the Federal Government to ban the production, importation or circulation of snipers insecticide, a product currently being used to commit suicide.

This followed a motion sponsored by Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) and 15 others on the rising incidence of suicides among Nigerians.

Sen.  Orji, while making his presentation noted with grave concern, the rising cases of suicide, particularly among young Nigerians.

He said suicide could be prevented particularly when family, friends and close relatives of the person contemplating suicide provided support, either by way of encouragement, listening to them or removing means of committing suicide such as dangerous drugs and chemicals especially sniper.

He also said that it is worrisome that the number of Nigerians taking their lives had assumed a frightening dimension, saying that government, religious institutions and other relevant corporate bodies have not addressed the ugly situation in the country.

He said the situation may continue, if not properly addressed.

The senator further said that there was need to create awareness on how to control stress and depression by government, religious institutions and other relevant corporate bodies and the establishment of trauma centres across the federation.

This, he said would also reduce the rate of suicide in the country.

In his own contribution, Sen. Bamidela Opeyemi (Ekiti) said the issue of suicide was more of a sociological issue that has to do with depression, mental issues and ultimately poverty.

He said the Senate must interface with the executive to address the challenges in the economy by creating opportunities for employment via industrialization and agriculture.

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