Lecturer Attributes Suicide Of Uniben Staff Over Non-Payment Of Salaries To Poor Emotional Balance

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Dr. Faustinus Ginikanwa Nwachukwu

A Lecturer of the University of Port Harcourt in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies, Dr. Faustinus Nwachukwu has attributed the suicide of a staff of the University of Benin to emotional imbalance.

It should be recalled that one Prince Carter Oshodin, a non-academic staff of the University of Benin took his life over the non-payment of salaries as a result of the ongoing strike action by Nigerian public universities.

Writing on his Facebook page, Nwachukwu, who said the act of suicide was unnecessary, pointed out that the deceased had only succeeded in putting his family in greater problems.

Nwachukwu said:

“As I heard a University of Benin staff committed suicide over non payment of salaries by the federal government and his inability to withstand the shame of seeing his children go hungry and not having money to pay their school fees as schools resume for the third term.

“This is just unnecessary and poor emotional balance. Even as he is dead, the problems has not been wished away. He has even put his family in greater problems but the truth remains that those children will still survive. He is gone to face greater punishment in the great beyond. Suicide is never an option no matter the circumstance. After the rain the sun will shine. Yes, this period has been traumatic for those working in the Universities in Nigeria for 7months without salaries but in times like these we rely on God’s divine providence through friends and family and continue looking forward to better days ahead.”

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