Following the outrage over the alleged sex-for-grades scandal at the Universities of Lagos and Ghana, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has called for an investigation and a sanctioning of the lecturers indicted.
Dr. Dele Ashiru, the Chairman of the UNILAG branch of ASUU, said in Lagos yesterday that the union is against all forms of unethical practices, including sexual harassment. He was reacting to a viral investigative video released by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which showed some lecturers at UNILAG and University of Ghana sexually harassing female students.
“We condemn this act of shame in its entirety and want the matter to be thoroughly investigated and appropriate sanction carried out on all those found culpable,” the ASUU chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
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Chimdi Maduagwu, a professor of English also at UNILAG, has also said that there is a need for a social re-orientation of the lecturers and others.
“It is about social scrutiny, urging for enforcement of self-discipline, especially among the academic staff. There must be a way to look into and touch these things and water them down
“Some of us tend to be wielding so much power in the positions we find ourselves that we lose control even when there is an absolute need to draw the lines. An average lecturer could be so powerful that he sees himself as having all the powers to fail or award grades at his whims and caprices,” he said.
The University of Lagos has indeed issued a statement suspending one of the lecturers indicted in the saga, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu. Now, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Lagos, calls for the scrutiny and sanctioning of every other person/lecturer who is involved in this practice.
SOURCE: The Guardian