Economic hardship in Kwara State, Nigeria has been forcing people to take their own lives with a former lecturer at the state university towing that line.
A former lecturer with the Kwara State University, Malete, Dr. Oluremi Osunlola, has reportedly committed suicide.
A correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital gathered on Friday that the late Osunlola was a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Crop Production, College of Agriculture of the institution.
It was gathered that his wife had died about three months ago. It was further gathered that KWASU management had written to notify him of his conversion from his full time appointment to a contract appointment.
Sources said after the conversion, the deceased started exhibiting strange behaviour. They also said an unnamed colleague of his even pledged to offer him another job at Landmark University, Omu-Aran.
Osunlola was said to have refused to submit his resume to his colleague who was willing to assist him get a new job. The development, it was learnt, made some people to suspect why he rejected the assistance, while insinuation was rife that his doctorate certificate may not be genuine.
Sources said Osunlola was depressed after getting his full time appointment converted to a contract status.
He was said to have been taken by one of his friends to an unnamed cleric who counselled him. The sources added that after the counseling, his friend escorted him to his family at their residence in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
His family, it was learnt, was surprised when he was still locked up in his room long after daybreak. The worried family members were said to have forced the door open after knocking repeatedly without any response. They were shocked to notice that he had committed suicide. The family members were said to have been devastated over the tragedy.
The Director, Public Relations, KWASU, Dr. Isiaka Aliagan confirmed Osunlola’s death.
He said, “The Management of KWASU, Malete, would like to clarify that the late Dr. Oluremi Solomon Osunlola, was a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Crop Production, College of Agriculture. He joined the services of the institution on a full-time appointment in 2010.
“However, during staff verification, it was discovered that the late Osunlola had already retired from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Kwara Office, before taking up a full-time appointment with KWASU.
“Despite the fact that the deceased violated the rule of his engagement, the university, in August, 2017, converted his appointment to contract, on compassionate grounds. This is all we can say about the late Osunlola.”
It could be recalled that a hunter in Idera community in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, identified simply as Lanre had reportedly shot himself to death less than a month ago.
Also a driver, Mr. Biodun Bashir, popularly called ‘Legal,’ and who was said to be a staff of Universal Basic Education Commission at Oyun Local Government in Kwara State, had on October 28, also committed suicide.