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04 October 2020 06:42

Edo Godwin Obaseki Nigeria

Edo college of education lecturer commits suicide

Friday Orobator, a staff of Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor in Edo State, (formerly College of Education) has allegedly committed suicide. Fred Omonuwa, Chairman, College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) in the state-owned institution, confirmed the non-payment of salaries. He said: "Everybody knows that Edo State government owes us 13 months of salary, which we continued to agitate for, even before the September 19 governorship election. Tragedy struck staff, colleagues of College of Education, Ekiadolor in Edo state as a principal lecturer of the school identified as Friday Osadolor has committed suicide in his Obakhavbuaye, off Ekenwan Road residence. The Edo lecturer who committed suicide was said to be in his 50s was a member of the College of Education Academic staff Union, (COEASU), and a principal lecturer at the Department of Adult education.

Osadolor was reported to have complained bitterly to close associates over his inability for lack of money to tend to his failing health and take care of his family. Sunday Vanguard gathered that last Wednesday the late lecturer told a colleague that he was tired of begging for money from friends to cater for his family needs and his health challenges. However, the Chairman of COEASU in the school, Comrade Fred Omonuwa, said yesterday that their colleagues died as a result of lack and inability to access medical and appealed to the state government to pay the workers their 13 months unpaid salary. He said "It is clear the death came as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities. "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.

Friday Orobator, a principal lecturer of the defunct College of Education, now Tayo Akpata University in Ekiadolor, Edo State, on Friday committed suicide by hanging himself at his Obakhazbaye residence in Benin City, the state capital. Mr Orobator's lifeless body was discovered behind his apartment at about 1.30 p.m., with the rope which he used to hang himself, tied around his neck. The late Mr Orobator, said to be in his 50's, was a member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), and a principal lecturer at the Department of Adult Education. PREMIUM TIMES learnt that on Wednesday, the late lecturer told a colleague that he was tired of begging for money from friends to cater for his family needs and his health challenges. However, the Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), Fred Omonuwa, said their colleague died as a result of lack and inability to access medical care.

He appealed to the state government to pay the workers their 13 months unpaid salary. According to Mr Omonuwa, "It is clear the death came as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities. "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". We are very much aware that the suicide he committed was as a result of lack of money." It was tragedy for friends, family, and colleagues of Mr Friday Orobator, a principal lecturer of defunct College of Education, now Tayo Akpata University, Ekiadolor, committed suicide by hanging himself at his Obakhazbaye residence last Friday. The late Orobator was a member of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), and a principal lecturer at the department of Adult Education.

He was said to have complained bitterly to close associates, over his inability and lack of money to tend to his failing health. It was learnt that last Wednesday, the late lecturer said to be in his 50s had told a colleague that he was tired of begging for money from friends to cater for his family needs and his health challenges. However, the chairman of COEASU, Comrade Fred Omonuwa, said their colleagues died as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities. Therefore, he appealed to the state government to pay the workers their 13 months salary arrears. "It is clear the death came as a result of lack and inability to access medical facilities.

"Of course, everybody knows that Edo State owe 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. Before he committed suicide he spoke to some colleagues on Wednesday complaining bitterly his inability to access medical facilities and that he is 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," Omonuwa said. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, says the decision to shut down Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi has been vindicated by reports of misappropriation of funds by the management. Obaseki stated this on Friday when he received the final report from the commission of inquiry into activities of the institutions headed by Former Head Of Service, Mrs Gladys Idahor at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital. Governor Obaseki meets with the commission of inquiry on reports of misappropriation of funds by the management of Colleges of Education in Ekiadolor and Iguoriakhi. With another four years ahead of him, the Edo State Governor has reiterated his commitment to education reforms.