Suicide: Cleric urges Churches to sensitize youths more on sacredness of life

Suicide: Cleric urges Churches to sensitize youth on sacredness of life

By Larry Onwuta

The Catholic priest, Chaplain and Principal of St. Paul College Eke in Udi local government area of Enugu State, Rev Father Franklin Eze in Enugu State, has called on Churches to sensitize youths more on
sacredness of life to stem suicide.

Eze made the call during a conference on “Curbing the Increasinhg
Rate of Suicide in Our Society’’ held at the Institute of Management
and Technology (IMT), Enugu on Thursday.

The one-day conference was organized by IMT and Women for Better
Society Network (WBSN).

The cleric, who spoke on theme; “The Role of the Church in Curbing
the Increasing Cases of Suicide in the Society’’, noted that the
present Church must do away with materialism messages but focus on
salvation and sacredness of life.

“The Church must promote cultural norms that are life preserving and
the Church must revaluate family ties and values to make them more
functional.

“Engage in people oriented programmes; while being compassionate and
listen to people.

“The Church should train personnel to deal with psychological
issues,’’ he said.

Dr Chinawa Awoere called on parents not to neglect the role of child
up-bringing by being very busy with other pursuits of life; adding
that parents should know that “child up-brining is a divine
responsibility given to them by God’’.

Awoere, who spoke on the topic; “Parental Roles in Eradicating of
Suicide in the Society’’, urged parents to create time to teach,
mentor and monitor children as well as have close relationship with
them.

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“If you observe some new and funny ways of life in a child; parents
should start monitoring and talking to the child concerned,’’ he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr Emma Ohaa, lauded the
organisers of the conference for coming out with an apt idea necessary
to safe-guard the society.

Ohaa noted that he had discovered that frustration among young men and
marriage disappointment among young women drives them to suicide in
the country.

In an address, Mrs Chieso Aninwagwa, President of WBSN, said that the
network had been in the fore-front of mobilizing against some negative
attitudes in society such as bad parenting where children have been
exposed to negativities found in television station.

“Today we call on everyone to join us in shaping the society to have
a new face, a new orientation, a new order that could create strength
and goodness in society,’’ Aninwagwa said.

Responding, Miss Chiamaka Jonas, a students of Science Laboratory
Technology Department in IMT, said that she would talk to her
course-mates and peers to know that “suicide is an option to solve
life’s challenges’’.

“Youths must learn to shun cultism and bad companies in order not to
create environment where suicide and its related issues festers,’’
Jonas said.

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