University lecturer kills self over demotion in Kwara
Solomon Osunlola, a former lecturer at the Department of Crop Production, College of Agriculture, Kwara State University, Malete, has committed suicide over alleged demotion from being a full staff member to a contract staff.
Findings gathered by BusinessDay showed the Registrar of KWASU had written him to inform him about his demotion and conversion to a contract staff from full time appointment.
It was gathered that Osunlola was subsequently depressed and started misbehaving. One of his friends, was also said to have offered to assist him with a job at Landmark University in Omu-Aran, but the deceased did not submit his credentials to his friend.
People were said to have been surprised and doubted the authenticity of his PhD certificate. Other sources said, after the conversion of his full appointment to a contract staff, a friend of his took him to a Cleric after noticing that he was depressed.
The Cleric was said to have counselled him while
his friend accompanied him to his family who were residing in Ibadan, Oyo state.
But, Osunlola was found dead when family members were said to have forced his room door open when he did not come out in the morning and were shocked, suggesting that he had committed suicide.
The Director, Public Relations, KWASU, Isiaka Aliagan confirmed Osunlola’s death saying, “The Management of KWASU, Malete, would like to clarify that the late Oluremi Solomon Osunlola, was a Lecturer I 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”, he concluded.
SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin
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