A Non-Academic Staff Union of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), identified as Carter Oshodin has committed suicide in Edo State over alleged hardship.
It was gathered that the deceased was working as a data entry staff in the institution but became financially constrained following the strike action by the academic and non-academic unions in Universities.
In a Facebook post in 2017, Oshodin had advised those who work in the public sector to persevere as there were better days ahead.
“Another thing you have to know when working with the government is that salary is peanuts, you lose hope. Please don’t. I know a woman that started work with N125 In 1986 now she is earning over N300, 000 In 2017. That is why you have to be with what you are doing because the little drop of water makes a mighty ocean”, the deceased had counselled in the post.
A professor at the University, who pleaded anonymity, expressed sadness over the development, lamenting that the workers had not been paid since the strike action began seven months ago.
“Yes, he is our staff that killed himself due to lack of money. Even some months ago, he was quoted to have been advising people on coping strategies and yet he took his life which has put his family in a bigger problem.
“We have been paid no dime since we went on strike. This is the 10th of September, the non-academic staff that have since resumed have not been paid anything”, the professor lamented.
Another colleague simply known as Edward said Oshodin on his Facebook page lamented that he could not meet his finances and was finding it increasingly difficult to pay his two daughters’ school fees.
“He committed suicide on Friday and according to a post on his Facebook, he said he was facing financial difficulties and could pay the school fees of his two young daughters. It is a pathetic situation”, Edward volunteered.
Edo State Command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Chidi Nwabuzor said that the matter was not reported to the police but the DPO of the area went to the community for an on-the-spot assessment where the community head confirmed the incident.