Senior lecturer reportedly commits suicide over unpaid salaries

Senior lecturer reportedly commits suicide over unpaid salaries

- A tragic report has emerged about a lecturer of Tayo Akpata University who committed suicide

- The late lecturer, Friday Orobator tutored at the department of adult education

- A source said Orobator had been unhappy over his inability to provide for his family

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A senior lecturer of the defunct College of Education, now Tayo Akpata University in Edo State has reportedly committed suicide.

Premium Times reported that the deceased, identified as Friday Orobator hanged himself at his residence in Obakhazbaye, Benin City.

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Lecturers at the Tayo Akpata University are reportedly being owed salaries for 13 months. Photo credits: Premium Times
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The late lecturer’s body was reportedly discovered dangling on a rope tied around his neck behind his apartment at about 1.30pm on Friday, October 2.

The Nation newspaper which also reported the incident stated that Orobator committed suicide over 13 months' unpaid salaries.

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The deceased who lectured in the department of adult education was said to have been complained to his friends over his inability to feed his family

According to a source who was not named, the late lecturer said he was ashamed and tired of begging for money from friends and well-wishers to cater for his family.

His wife had just been delivered of a baby.

The death of the lecturer was confirmed by Fred Omonuwa, the chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU).

Omonuwa appealed to the state government to pay the workers their 13 months unpaid salary.

He said Orobator's death came as a result of his inability to access medical facilities.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the federal government's directives for the full reopening of all schools in Nigeria including tertiary institutions and unity colleges.

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The body's president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Friday, October 2, said institutions cannot reopen because ASUU is still on strike.

Ogunyemi, who noted that the federal government has the right to reopen, however, stated that lecturers will continue to withhold their service.

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