Suicide On 3rd Mainland Bridge: THE WAY FORWARD

Unarguably, Nigeria has witnessed more suicide cases within the last 4 years than since when the country gained independence.

People commit Suicide for variety of reasons ranging from Emotional breakdown,  Depression, Hardship, Indebtedness etc.

Clearly, there is frustration and hardship in the land. These situations have been very effective in driving so many Nigerians into depression and other mental health conditions.

Numerous cases of suicide are being reported from different parts of the country. Lagos state is not an exception.

However, in Lagos state, one spot has become notorious as a location of choice, or a favourite, for those with tendency for suicide. That location is the Third Mainland Bridge.

Frequently, Nigerians who have lost all reasons to keep staying alive travel all the way to the Third-Mainland Bridge. There, they take the very daring plunge into the Lagos lagoon, and then sink deep into their demise.

So, how can this unfortunate trend be stopped?

What measure needs to be put in place to prevent people from reducing the bridge to a place of death?

Perhaps, the government – Federal or State – should consider erecting high mesh fences similar to the median fences being erected on Lagos expressways.

Hopefully, if this is done, then the Third Mainland Bridge would stop being self-execution ground for depressed Nigerians.

And in overall,  adequate measure should be taken by individuals and the government to ensure that the banana society is free from these elements that make people resort to committing suicide .

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