VC vows to dismiss any lecturer who harasses female students

VC vows to dismiss any lecturer who harasses female students

- The vice chancellor of Nasarawa State University has frowned against harassment of female students

- The VC said any lecturer caught harassing a female student will be dismissed from the institution

- Mohammed said the law of the university is clear on the issue of se*ual abuse

Prof Suleiman Mohammed, vice chancellor of Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), has vowed to dismiss any lecturer caught harassing female students on campus.

The VC said this on Thursday, June 27, while delivery a goodwill message at a seminar organised by the Centre for Gender Studies of the university in Keffi, the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Represented by Professor Akinwumi Olayemi, deputy vice-chancellor (academics), of the institution, Mohammed said the laws of the university was clear on the issues of se*ual harassment.

The sanction for any staff found culpable of the offence is instant dismissal from the institution and the management would make sure the law is enforced to serve as deterrent to others,” the VC said.

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He commended the centre for organising the seminar and promised to support in championing the cause for Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.

In her welcome address, Hajiya Hauwa’u Mainoma, the director of the Centre, called on the federal government and other stakeholders to urgently take steps towards addressing gender-based violence in the country. She explained that the seminar was first of its kind by the centre since its inception in 2017.

According to her, the increasing rate of sexual and other forms of violence in institutions informed the centre to put together the event aimed at creating awareness on the menace.

Mainoma called for stiffer punishment for perpetrators of gender-based violence, adding that it will create equal opportunity for all to put their God-given potential to good use.

In a presentation, Prof. Charity Angya, former vice chancellor, Benue State University, Makurdi, said gender-based violence goes beyond mere physical attacks on someone based on the person’s gender.

Angya said that both gender suffered violence in one point or the other in Nigeria, but that more women are molested than men. She explained that gender-based violence exists more in work places and academic environment due to high discrimination in careers and field of studies.

“Education is a right and government must abolish any custom or tradition militating against girl-child education in the country. Such move will naturally address the violence that women go through in the society,” she said

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The former VC advised that men should massively take on careers and courses hitherto assumed to be exclusively reserved for women and vice-versa, as a panacea to gender-based violence in Nigeria.

NAN reports that the seminar has as its theme: Gender Based Violence and the Survival of Education in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the former executive secretary of National University Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, said the admission of academically weak students by Nigeria higher institutions was responsible for the trending s*x-for-mark menace in the system.

Okebukola, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, said that if universities and other institutions admitted students who were academically sound and had good scores on entry, there would be no room for any lecturer to harass such students.

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