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Bishop raises alarm over rising cases of suicide


Bishop raises alarm over rising cases of suicide

Anglican Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Bennett Okoro has raised the alarm over the increasing number of people committing sui­cide in Imo State, saying the State Government should pay pensioners their entitlements to re­duce the trend.
Bishop Okoro raised the alarm while present­ing his presidential ad­dress at this year’s Synod of Orlu Diocese on Tues­day.
He appealed to Imo State Government to pay pensioners promptly and shun any plan of deduc­tions or coercing them to forfeit any percentage of their entitlements.
He disclosed that a re­tired school Principal, Stephen Nnadi, who re­tired from Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB) last year and was unable to fend for himself and his family decided to commit sui­cide last week.
Bishop Okoro said the late pensioner had com­plained severally of the non-payment of his gra­tuity and pension as well as the growing eco-nomic hardship.
He said the late Nnadi gave a hint of taking his life and he was prevailed upon not to but the pleas fell on deaf ears.
Further, the Prelate said another suicide was avert­ed when an unemployed man who appeared frus­trated had visited him and showed him a rope meant for suicide.
Bishop Okoro said af­ter counselling, prayers, and presentation of food items and money, the un­employed man agreed to jettison the rope and sui­cide plan.

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