Lecturer commits suicide over unpaid 13-months salaries

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Friday Orobator, a lecturer at the Department of Adult Education, Tayo Akpata University  Ekiadolor, Edo State,  has allegedly committed suicide by hanging.

The deceased body was found behind his apartment in Obakhazbaye area of Benin City,  at about 1.30 p.m. on Friday, October 2.

The late Orobator had complained bitterly to close associates over lack of money to tend to his failing health and to cater for his family needs.

The father of four said to be in his 50’s, and a member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) complained about been tired of consistently begging to survive, and days before he took his life, he complained to a colleague of how tired he was over his predicament.

Confirming the ugly incident, Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), Fred Omonuwa said they are saddened by the loss of their colleague.

“It is clear the death came as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities. Some months ago, he became very sick and depended on friends for assistance but very recently he started complaining of getting tired of consistently begging to survive,” Omonuwa said.

“Of course, everybody knows that the Edo State Government owes us 13 months of salary, which we have continued to agitate for even before the election, but it was tagged “political agitation”. The man couldn’t provide for himself. His wife just had a baby. We were surprised yesterday (Friday), that he took his own life. Before he committed suicide, he spoke to some colleagues on Wednesday, complaining bitterly on his inability to access medical facility and becoming very ashamed of begging friends for money to treat himself.

“We are aware some friends in Lagos and Benin have done their best in the past few weeks by providing money for him and yesterday he took his life by hanging. We are very much aware that the suicide he committed was as a result of lack of money. As far as we are concerned, we, the staff of the college, are pained. Our people are going through a lot and dying but this is an extreme case because of the way he took his own life,”

Omonuwa called on the Edo state government to do the needful and pay the workers their 13 months unpaid salaries.

“Edo State government should please listen to us. Now, school is about to resume. Our members can’t even pay the school fees of their children. What have we done to deserve this? We are pained by the loss of this senior colleague, a principal lecturer. We are not happy.” he added.

His remains has since been deposited in the morgue by men of the Oba Market Police station.

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