A staff member of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) identified as Prince Carter Oshodin has reportedly committed suicide on Friday in Umelu Community in Upper Sakponba over alleged unfavourable financial conditions, Vanguard reports.
It was alleged that Oshodin had not been paid salaries for months due to the strike action embarked upon by university unions. He was a data entry personnel at the university.
A professor in UNIBEN, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, yesterday, that it is disheartening that they had not been paid since the strike action started. He wondered why those who called off their strike were still not been paid by the government.
He said, “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, the non-academic staff members that have since resumed have not been paid anything.”
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Another colleague simply identified as Edward said Oshodin on his Facebook page lamented that he could not meet his financial commitments and was finding it increasingly difficult to pay the school fees of his two young daughters.