National Iberiberism: Okorocha wants ‘Ministry of Happiness’ to address Nigeria’s rising cases of suicide

Imo West Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has called for the creation of Federal Ministry of Happiness to curtail the rising rate of suicide in Nigeria.

Speaking on a motion on the subject on Tuesday, Mr Okorocha said every case of suicide could be traced to unhappiness among the people.

This, he said, could be solved by dedicating a ministry to cater to issues relating to happiness of the citizens.

“Mr President, majority of Nigerians are not happy. Our nation is characterised with unhappiness…why would one want to take his life simply because he or she is tired of life? Many people commit suicide because they lack the ability to express themselves or to share their feelings with anybody,” he said.

The former Imo State governor said the issue cannot be addressed by any of the existing government agencies in the country.

In 2017, Mr Okorocha created the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment in Imo State much to the surprise of Nigerians who questioned the need and function of such ministry.

Buttressing his point, Mr Okorocha said the ministry turned out to be the most effective of all ministries.

He prayed the Senate to allow him to present on another legislative day a motion seeking the creation of Ministry of Happiness.

Speaking shortly after Mr Okorocha, the Deputy Senate Leader, Ajayi Borrofice, said the federal government should establish counselling centres instead of a Ministry Happiness.

“It cannot be just happiness alone,” he said.

Mr Borrofice urged Nigerians to be more watchful of the people around them and promptly report any suspicion.



– Premium Times


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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