Senate calls for the ban of Sniper insecticide


The senate on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to ban the production and importation of snipers insecticide which has become a threat to life in the country.

The sudden reports of suicide within the nation caught the attention of the lawmakers as a motion was sponsored by Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) and 15 others.

Orji made his case known by citing the growing numbers of young Nigerians lost recently through the act of suicide.

He said suicide could be reduced and prevented if supports are shown by family members and friends as well as getting rid of items readily available to aid the act.

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

Orji said that there is need to enlighten the people 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.

In his contribution, Sen.Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo) advocated for the creation of a government Department or Ministry of Happiness to address the problem of suicide. He said a number of Nigerians were committing suicide because they were not happy.

While adopting the motion, the senate also urged the federal government through the Ministry of Information, National Orientation  Agency (NOA), Ministry of Health to create awareness on how to control stress and depression.

The senate also urged the federal government through the National Universities Commission (NUC) to review the school curriculum and come up with compulsory courses that would enable students place value on their lives.

It also urged religious bodies across the federation to always preach love, peace and how to relieve stress and depression.


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