Sometime last year, the governor of Imo State appointed a Commissioner of Happiness and hell broke lose with a lot of people bashing and ridiculing the government. Well, Britain has seemingly taken a cue from it as has added a new minister to the cabinet, minister for loneliness.
Tracey Crouch has been appointed to to help tackle the loneliness suffered by an estimated nine million adults. She will lead a drive against a ‘social epidemic’ that experts say can be as unhealthy as heavy smoking.
Announcing the development, the Prime Minister Theresa May said,’I want to confront this challenge and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones, people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.’
According to her, ministers would produce a cross-government strategy to combat loneliness later this year.
The move was recommended in a report from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The Labour MP, who was murdered by a far-Right fanatic, had campaigned on the issue.