Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west, has stated that a ministry named “happiness ministry’ should be created in order to tackle suicide and rape cases.
This Okorocha made known today while he was contributing to a debate on a motion which was sponsored by the senator representing Abia central, Theodore Orji.
Orji’s motion was on the “rising incidence of suicides amongst Nigerians.”
“Mr. Senate president, may I suggest that whether it’s the issue of rape, suicide, let us create a department to address these issues,” he said.
“Ministry of health is not up to that, Police is not equipped for that, ministry of information is not equipped for that, we must have a department where people can go and express themselves – that ministry must be a ministry or department of happiness.
“All our prayers appear to me as though we are embarking on an academic exercise that might not reflect any practical reality.
“A step should be further taken to find out why these people are not happy to the extent that they will take their life.”
While moving the motion earlier, the former Abia governor said suicide could be prevented “when family, friends and close relatives of the person contemplating suicide provide support.”
“Many people commit suicide out of ignorance and situations that could be addressed; and the people in the position to help, encourage or assist ignore to do so thereby leaving them to commit suicide at will,” he said.