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UNIBEN staff commits suicide over unpaid salaries

Prince Oshodin, a staff of the University of Benin, has committed suicide on Friday over financial difficulties.

It was gathered that Oshodin, who had not been paid his salary for months due to the strike action embarked by university unions, was a data entry personnel at the university.

The deceased being a member of  the non-academic staff union had called off its strike recently, but salaries had not been paid.

According to a professor in the University, who pleaded anonymity,  said it is worrisome not to have 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.

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“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,” he said.

“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!”

Also, a colleague simply known as Edward said the Late Oshodin on his Facebook page lamented that he could not meet his financial needs 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.”

The University’s  Public Relations Officer,  Benedicta Ehanirevis yet to respond to the report as well as  Edo State Command Police Public Relation Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor.

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