witnessed many horrible suicide cases within the past 12 months. This is
happening shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) survey which ranked
Nigeria 30th among the 183 most suicide-prone nations of the world. Almost everyone
is familiar with the news of the Medical Doctor who jumped into a Lagoon last
year 2017. In spite of having a fairly balanced financial life and a promising
career that would have saved him the spectacular dive into death, he chose to
cut short his life, rendering his dependents hopeless.
It was as if the
case of the doctor set a followership for series of other suicide missions- both
attempted and committed. On April 8, 2017 barely one month afterwards, a man
attempted to nose dive into a canal in the Festac area of Lagos. Then came the
case of Hammed Olojo who was recently arrested by the Police and charged before
an Ebute Metta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for attempting to commit suicide by
jumping into the same Lagos lagoon.
lecturer with the Kwara State University and a 300 Level student of the
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi took their lives. Subsequently news
came up about a 20-year-old taxi driver in Port Harcourt who took his life by
hanging. He was obviously frustrated probably because of the seizure of the
taxi by the owner.
From jumping into the lagoon to hanging self
with a wrapper, rope or even drinking poison, reports on suicide has become a
more recurrent trend. Some gain rapid media attention due to the locality where
they occurred while countless others that were not reported ended up wrapping
the locales in shock and grief.
Just two days
ago notice was brought to the social media about the suicide case of Solomon Obot.
The will to let go of his live was severely vented around his frustrations. Solomon
whose suicidal trait was noticed earlier last year got financial and moral
support by friends to resettle in a different locality. His friends attempted
to increase his chances of employment in the capital City of Akwa-Ibom by
renting an apartment for him in Uyo. As was told by a close knit of the bereaved,
he traveled back to his Eket home amidst a jobless situation and an inability
to cater for his dependents. Few weeks later he stained the media with the
horrid image of his tongue shocked out of a lifeless neck in a scattered sitting
room. This case might not be a rare one.
A uniting fact is that joblessness, abuse of substance and its resultant frustration
can speedily leap one into suicide.
In Nigeria the plague
of unemployment is steadily worsening. It is even more cynical for a state as
Akwa-Ibom with an abundance of Human capital, Natural resource and growing
revenue to have recorded a rise in Unemployment. According to a National Bureau
of Statistics (NBS) report, Akwa-Ibom state which in the past 18 months was the
2nd most preferred destination of foreign direct investment in Nigeria has also
witnessed a growth in unemployment from 35.1 to 36.6 Percent in the last
quarter of 2017. So in a state like this, young and vibrant members of the
society with a gruesome loss of hope and confidence are prone to depression. Depression
when not managed becomes a fertile nursery to plant suicide.
It is at a time
like this that the government and other stakeholders should reconsider
available options for combating the rising problem of unemployment. Many youths
in various Organizations have already identified with the Akwa Ibom State Youth Development Fund Bill (AKYDFBILL) which could
drive a lot of positive change around capacity building, Education, Empowerment,
Skill acquisition, Employment and more. Its sustainability plan is a key driver
to the reason why the bill merits consideration for a public hearing having gone
through the first and second readings. There is no doubt that the Akwa Ibom
State Youth Development Fund Bill (AKYDFBILL) will plunge unemployment and its
resultant social vices (including suicide) to a decline. To read the bill
follow the link below.