Rochas Okorocha, a former Imo state governor currently representing Imo west at the Senate has argued for the creation of happiness ministry to tackle incessant cases of suicide rocking the country.
The lawmaker said this on Tuesday while contributing to a debate on a motion, “rising incidence of suicides amongst Nigerians ” sponsored by Theodore Orji, senator representing Abia central and former Abia state governor.
Okorocha said that many people commit suicide because they have no one to share their feelings.
“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.”
Recall in 2007, 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.