Two Lecturers Dismissed In UNIABUJA For Sexual Harassment

University of Abuja recently dismissed two lecturers over allegations bordering on sexual harassment.

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, disclosed this during an interview on Monday.

The VC also said the institution had designed a communication medium for students.

The medium is for students to report cases of sexual harassment and other unethical behavior by staffs.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “We expelled two members of the academic community.

“We collaborated with NGOs most of whom pursue sexual harassment matters.

“Recently, there was a major conference on campus where students came out to expose some of the things that have been happening on campus.

“Right now as I speak to you, every University of Abuja student can report or comment on a lecturer via their student portal. Every student has this. They can comment on whether a lecturer is doing well in class, does he attend class, so it’s not only sexual harassment alone.”

The VC added that the varsity council also recently approved that students could assess their lecturers.

Report shows that the issue of sexual harassment has been recurring in Nigerian institutions.

Survey conducted in 2018 by the World Bank Group’s Women revealing that 70 per cent of female graduates from tertiary institutions in Nigeria were sexually harassed in school.

The main perpetrators are classmates and lecturers, according to the report.

In 2021, the Senate had passed a bill that randy lecturers should be subject to 21 years imprisonment.

Lecturers indicted and found guilty after the bill was passed were simply sacked in most cases

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In 2022, UNIABUJA, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and some other institutions dismissed no fewer than four professors and 14 academics of various cadres on allegations bordering sexual misconduct.

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