Four professors and 14 other people are fired by the OAU and UNIABUJA for sexual misconduct (Read Details)

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The PUNCH looked at media reports and found that 18 lecturers in the country’s higher education institutions have been charged with sexual misconduct and fired in the last year.

Sexual harassment has been a problem in Nigerian institutions for a long time. In 2018, a survey by the World Bank Group’s Women found that 70% of female graduates from Nigerian tertiary institutions had been sexually harassed in school, usually by classmates or teachers.

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Even though the Senate passed a bill in 2021 that said randy lecturers should get 21 years in prison, The PUNCH says that most lecturers who were charged and found guilty after the bill was passed were just fired.

According to the reports put together by The PUNCH, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife had the most lecturers who were charged with sexual misconduct.

In 2021, OAU fired three professors from the English Language, International Relations, and Accounting departments for sexually harassing students.

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In January 2021, the Kaduna State University said that a lecturer in the Department of Geography had been fired for sexually assaulting a student.

A lecturer at the Rivers State College of Health, Science, and Management Technology was fired for three months because she sexually harassed a female 100-level student.

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In June 2021, a lecturer in the Department of Media and Theater Art at Federal University, Oye-Ekiti was fired for sexual misconduct.

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In the same month, the University of Lagos announced that two lecturers had been fired for the same reason.

In August of that same year, the University of Port-Harcourt said that a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature had been fired for sexual misconduct.

In October 2021, the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi also said that two lecturers from the Departments of Nutrition/Dietetics and General Studies would be fired for sexual misconduct.

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A lecturer at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education’s Department of Sociology was fired for getting a female student pregnant.

In December 2021, Kwara State University, Malete said that a lecturer in the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences had been fired for harassing a student.

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In January 2022, Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rivers State, said that a lecturer had been fired for making a female student feel uncomfortable.

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In April 2022, OAU started another investigation into a professor in the Department of Linguistics and African Studies who was accused of sexual harassment. Two professors at OAU have been hurt so far.

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In June 2022, Prof. Abdul-Raheed Na’allah, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, said that two lecturers would be fired for sexual misconduct.

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The Yaba College of Technology is looking into a claim that one of its professors sexually harassed a student.

In an interview with The PUNCH, Ayodamola Oluwatoyin, the Program Director of Reform Education Nigeria, said that tertiary institutions need to have clear policies on sexual harassment.

Oluwatoyin said, “One problem we have is that our schools don’t have clear rules against sexual harassment.” There also need to be stricter punishments.

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“You can’t just fire a professor for sexual misconduct. There should be harsher punishments, like jail time.”

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It is so sad that we still hear about sexual harassment in our colleges and universities.

Ben Goong, a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Education, told The PUNCH that the ministry doesn’t get involved in the day-to-day running of tertiary institutions, but it does get involved when it comes to policy issues.

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“The ministry doesn’t get involved in the day-to-day running of higher education institutions. We leave that up to the National Universities Commission, the National Board for Technical Education, and the governing councils of the institutions.

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“However, it’s up to councils to come up with policies. “When I was on the council at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, we came up with a code of conduct about sexual harassment,” Goong said.

Prof. Abubakar Rasheed and Prof. Idris Bugaje, the Executive Secretaries of the NUC and NBTE, did not answer their phones when they were called.

As of the time this report was written, they had not yet replied to the text messages that were sent to them.

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