This is really disturbing and Sad. I think it’s time this issue of unpaid workers should be addressed.
A senior civil servant in the Obokun
Local Government Area of Osun State, Mr. Ojo Owolabi,
has attempted to end his life by drinking a large quantity of
It was learnt that Owolabi took the action because of his
inability to feed his family due to the failure of the state
government to pay salaries.
Civil servants in the state have not been paid their salaries
in the last six months.
Punch reports that the incident which happened at
Owolabi’s residence last Saturday caused
pandemonium in the neighborhood. Owolabi, who is a
sanitary officer at the council was receiving treatment at a
A source close to Owolabi said he became frustrated as a
result of his inability to meet his family’s needs. The source
“Baba Ibeji ( Owolabi) drank herbicide. He was
frustrated because he has been unable to feed
himself and other members of his family. You are
aware that the state government has not paid
workers for some months now. I think he just lost
hope and decided to take his life by drinking
Members of his family rushed him to a hospital in
Ile Ife, where he was admitted. We are praying that
he survives it.”
Owolabi’s wife and children were said to have relocated
from their apartment and could not be reached for
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Local Government
Employees, Mr. David Owoeye, tacitly confirmed the
incident to Punch on the telephone. Owoeye said:
“Has the news spread to you? We don’t want to
make it public so that it will not embarrass the
A factional Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr.
Gambi Yusuf, said the unpaid salaries had caused the
workers untold hardship. Yusuf said:
“Anybody who is not paid for six months is a
walking corpse. What do you expect him to eat?
Even if the workers can fast, won’t they break their
fast? How do you expect them to feed their
The government of the day should be more serious
about workers’ welfare. We are appealing to the
government to pay workers because workers
deserve their wages.”
The Director of the state Bureau of Communication, Semiu
Okanlawon, said, “I am not aware of the incident and I don’t
see the nexus between a man drinking poison and when the
government will pay workers’ salaries.”
The state police spokesperson, Folasade Odoro, could not
be reached on the telephone. She had also yet to reply to a
text message sent to her phone.