Prince Carter Oshodin, a staff member at the University of Benin, committed suicide on Friday due to his terrible financial situation.
Oshodin worked as a data entry clerk at the university but haven’t received his salary for months since university unions were on strike.
It was learned that the deceased’s Non-Academic Staff Union recently called off its strike, although the members have not yet received their salaries.
According to the reports, the deceased was said to have been completely depressed over ‘no work, no pay” of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and decided to hang himself.
A professor in the University, who would not want his name mentioned due to the emotional nature of the case, said on Saturday that it is disheartening that they have not been paid since the strike action began. He also wondered why those who called of their strike are still not been paid by the government
“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 has since resumed have not been paid anything. Boko Haram! No to Western education!”
Another colleague who goes by the name Edward reported that the Late Oshodin lamented on his Facebook page that he was struggling to make ends meet and was having a hard time affording his two daughters’ school fees.
He said, “He committed suicide on Friday, and according to a post on his Facebook, he claimed to be having financial problems and unable to pay the school fees of his two young daughters. It is a terrible situation.
As of the time this report was filed, Edo State Command Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, and UNiBEN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, has not yet respond to text messages that the reporter sent to them.