A staff of the University of Lagos, Mr. Sunday Meshioye has lost his life after consuming a poisnous substance.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the University announced the death of late Mr Meshioye, aged 36, who took his life by ingesting a pesticide suspected to be sniper in a statement issued on Friday.
It stated that before his death, Meshioye was a transport supervisor attached to the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences,
“It is indeed with a heavy heart that the management of the university announces the news of the untimely death of Sunday Meshioye.
“He was received as an emergency case at the Medical Centre of the university on Tuesday Sept. 10, where it was discovered and reported that he had ingested the pesticide, ‘Sniper’.
“He was administered first aid treatment before being conveyed in an ambulance to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba,” the university said.
It was stated that Meshioye had been scheduled for a session with the Counselling Unit of the university after several reported cases of attempted suicide.
The deceased was said to have appeared before a panel of enquiry set up by the university to investigate the cause of fire that gutted a bus in his custody few days before his death.
“His painful decision to end his life came even before the panel had concluded its investigations, as it had only sat once.
“The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on behalf of the entire university community, commiserates with the family of the deceased and prays that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss, ” the institution said.
In a bid to check the rampant cases of suicide among the youth, especially students, the university Vice Chancellor decentralised the counselling unit of the institution.
In an interview with NAN in Lagos, Ongundipe said that taking the unit to other sections of the university would facilitate access to counselling.
According to him, the unit was taken to the Faculty of Education, College of Medicine and other key sections of the university so that students who might be undergoing some form of stress could easily reach out for help by talking to someone.
He advised that seeking help or talking to someone can help anyone who is facing challenges instead of committing suicide.
“Suicide is never the best way out to life’s challenges, seek help, talk to someone about whatever it may be,” Ogundipe counselled.