Osun Worker Attempts Suicide over Unpaid Salary


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.

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