UNIZIK Set to Install CCTV Cameras in Offices to Curb Harassment, Lecturers Protest

UNIZIK Set to Install CCTV Cameras in Offices to Curb Harassment, Lecturers Protest

  • UNIZIK VC is set to install CCTV cameras on campus and in offices to curb sexual harassment and exam malpractice
  • This comes after an alumnus of the university donated 1,060 cameras to the institution
  • But the move has been greeted with opposition from the lecturers, who claimed such would violate their privacy

Charles Esimone, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, has embarked on a massive installation of CCTV cameras on the campus to tackle sexual harassment and exam malpractice.

The VC said the move was part of his vision to take the institution to the number one position in Nigeria and Africa.

Photo of Charles Esimone
The professor who is the current VC of UNIZIK insist on installing the CCTV cameras. Photo credit: Charles Esimone/UNIZIK
Source: UGC

Esimone, who assumed office in 2019, has taken the institution from 36th to 4th in the national ranking of universities, according to the Nation Newspaper.

Installing CCTV Cameras to prevent harassment

The VC said he was determined to improve the academic standards and the moral conduct of both staff and students.

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He revealed that the university had received an endowment from an alumnus, Onyedika, who donated 1,060 cameras to the institution.

He said some cameras had already been installed in strategic areas, including lecture halls, which would help detect exam malpractices.

The VC added that there are plans to install the cameras in staff offices. Esimone, however, said some staff kicked against the initiative.

In his words:

"We intend to install cameras in the staff offices but encounter opposition. Some are not in favour of it, but I will persist because of the numerous cases of sexual harassment occurring frequently. The only way you can demonstrate your innocence is to consent to the camera in your office."

The VC disclosed that he had already dismissed two lecturers from the faculties of Law and Pharmacy for harassing students.

He said he did not have many cases of sexual harassment because of a lack of evidence and fear of reporting by the students.

He urged the students’ union government to encourage their members to come forward with verifiable evidence when their lives and dignity were in danger.

After 7 years, lady returns to university to write carryover

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a lady has returned to her university to write her carryover some seven years after she left the school.

She posted a vlog on TikTok detailing how she prepared for the examination.

In the video posted with her TikTok handle, @lifeofcheeche, the lady said she had eagerly waited for the day she would write the carryover.

Source: Legit.ng

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