ASUU strike: Days after lamenting non-payment of salary, university staff commits suicide

A staff of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) identified as Carter Oshodin has committed suicide in Edo State.

According to reports, the deceased, who works as a data entry staff in the institution, committed suicide over alleged financial difficulty as a result of the strike by the academic and non-academic Unions in Universities.

It was gathered that the deceased had been complaining of hardship and begged for financial support from neighbours within the University’s premises.

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One of Oshodin’s Facebook friends simply identified as, Edward, revealed that Oshodin had lamented about how he could not pay for his daughter’s fee.

He said, “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.”

However, when confirming the incident, the Edo State Police Command Public Relations Officer said was not officially reported at the police station.

Recall, that since February 14, 2022, there have been no academic activities in public universities in the country due to the ongoing ASUU strike.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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The government had claimed to have addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.

While the non-academic union of the university has suspended its strike, ASUU has, however, insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.

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