Lady, 29, Attempts Suicide In Ilorin Over Unemployment

suicideA 29-year old lady identified as Miss Esther Okafor of Ganmo, a suburb of Ilorin in Kwara State last Thursday reportedly attempted suicide over her unemployment status.

The lady was said to have gone to a secluded location in the area to hang herself but was intercepted by one Alhaji Akeem Mustapha, who was said to have gone there to inspect a building site.

When asked why she wanted to take her life in such manner, Esther responded that she got tired of looking for a job to no avail.

“I am from a poor background. My father is aged while my mother is no more. I struggled to see myself through school, but because I am indebted to the institution to the tune of N15, 000, I have been unable to collect my certificate”, she said.

Reacting to the incident, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Culture and Tourism Samuel Osuolale Ajayi, said youths should be creative by exploring their inert potentials for economic gains instead of resorting to suicide which he said is a criminal offence.

He added that the ministry would rehabilitate Esther, a graduate of Health Information Management from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital and render any form of assistance that could make her want to live again.



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