ASUU strike: University official commits suicide over hardship


 

A staff 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.

Recall that the Federal Government had vowed that it would not pay the striking university workers, insisting on its no work no pay policy.

It was learned that the deceased had lamented his inability to offset some bills including his daughter’s school fees.

He was said to have approached some neighbours soliciting financial help from them prior to his decision to take his own life.

Confirming the incident, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzor, said, although the command is aware of the unfortunate incident, it is yet to officially receive the report.

“Yes, the command happens to be aware of it by following up events and processes in the state, not that the family of the man who committed suicide reported it officially.”

“The case remains unreported to date but we are aware of it because of our interest in following event in the state,” the PPRO said.

Saga Gist reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU had on February 14, shut down all public universities.

The Non-academic Staff Union of Universities has also been on strike for several months now.

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