The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has made a commitment to the regional initiative to combat the rising incidences of suicide among the generality of the peoples on the continent, even as the authorities of the University have given an indication of the possibility of the inclusion of suicide prevention mechanism in the curricular of the various programmes being run in the University.
These came to the fore when the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitoope Ogunbodede was addressing the delegates of the Africa Project Against suicide (APAS), who were in the University for the country launch of the project in Nigeria, and decided to pay the Vice-Chancellor a courtesy visit.
Professor Ogunbodede, while speaking, said the initiative is timely as reports of suicide or suicide attempts are becoming rampant in the media, adding that the responsibility of stopping the worrisome trend should not be left to the members of APAS alone.
He continued that all hands must be on deck in the fight against suicide, calling on all categories of government on the continent to lead this charge by stamping out corruption, revamping the national economies, empowering the citizens economically and ensuring socio-political justice.
Responding, the team leader, Pastor Olawale, said good governance as rightly pointed out by Professor Ogunbodede, is key to saving lives, which is the focus of APAS, noting more importantly that suicide prevention in Africa needs a modern discourse of action and concerted effort at training and retraining of volunteers on suicide prevention.
While thanking the Vice-Chancellor for consenting to incorporate suicide prevention programes as part of the University’s yearly plan, Pastor Olawale, who was accompanied on the visit by delegates from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana among others, informed Professor Ogunbodede that APAS was launched in South Africa on November 24, 2018.