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Prince Carter Oshodin who is a staff of the Federal University of Benin committed suicide on Friday over the non-payment of salaries due to ASUU strike.
The Government had refused to pay workers of universities that had embarked on a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
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This action by the University unions which led to non-payment of salaries prompted the data entry personnel at UNIBEN, Price Carter to take his life as he could not meet his financial responsibilities.
A UNIBEN professor, his name undisclosed, said it was disheartening because they hadn’t been paid for months by the federal government including those who had called off the strike.
“Yes he was our staff, he killed himself due to lack of money. Even some months ago, he was quoted to have been advising people on coping strategies and yet 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, and the non-academic staff members that have since resumed have not been paid anything,” The professor said.
A colleague identified as Edward revealed that Oshodin was finding it difficult to cope with his financial responsibilities and couldn’t pay his daughters’ school fees.
He said: “He committed suicide on Friday and according to a post on his Facebook, he said he was facing financial difficulties and could not pay the school fees of his two young daughters. It is a pathetic situation.”
Edo State Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the incident was not reported to the police but the community confirmed the news to the DPO on inspection.