Written by Godfrey AKON

Vice Chancellors charged to tackle sexual harassment

Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities have been charged to publish names of lecturers engaged in sexual harassment of students.

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed stated this in Ede, Osun State at the 33rd annual conference of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, AVCNU.

Rasheed said universities should be willing to punish and stamp out the incidences of sexual harassment because the act has a damaging effect on their collective reputation, adding that “whenever you punish or sanction somebody in this regard, let your effort be duly publicized.”

“Our major crisis now is sexual harassment. Whether we like it or not, I want to charge the AVCNU at this meeting to make it a priority in the communiqué, to take a decisive action on this challenge.

“Let the world know that somebody has lost his or her job because of sexual harassment or somebody has been demoted from being a Professor to Lecturer because of sexually harassing a student. We, in the NUC, will be helping you,” he noted.

Rasheed’s remarks which were contained in NUC bulletin, stressed that universities must be assisted to get rid of the bad elements in the system and expose them to the world to serve as a detriment to those who might be nursing such detestable behaviour.

The NUC boss suggested monthly collation of names of sexual offenders by Vice Chancellors and advertising them on newspapers as culprits of sexual harassment, adding that this would yield the desired result of sanitizing the system.

He said lecturers have been warned not to take advantage of innocent girls and boys in the universities but some have decided to do so because they have the power to award marks, and therefore should equally be fought.

 Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University and Chairman of AVCNU, Prof Debo Adeyewa, said the conference was to proffer solution to societal needs, adding that the leadership of the university system should embrace a courageous vision of quality higher education in the service of humanity.



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