MICHAEL OLANREWAJU, Ilorin
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday warned that any lecturer or university staff found culpable in the sex- for- grades scandal shall be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Buhari added that such culprit shall be prosecuted and those found guilty will serve the stiffest punishment under the law.
Warning that his administration harbours no form of indiscipline and misdemeanor, Buhari said he had directed appropriate government agencies to take decisive and firm action against any lecturer or other staff found culpable in any act of sexual harassment in both the nation’s educational and other institutions.
The president handed down this warning in his address at the 35th convocation of the University of Ilorin .
Buhari, who is the Visitor to the university, was represented at the event by a deputy director in the National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr Suleiman Ramon- Yusuf.
“Definitely, our universities can do without the negative and scandalous attention being paid to them and our dear nation in the wake of trending stories of sex- for- grades and sexual harassment, which has assumed a global dimension.
“It is most reprehensible that while some of our more illustrious university staff are making concerted efforts to improve the continental and global ranking of Nigeria’s universities and indeed some of our universities are already beginning to make more respectable showing on continental and global league and ranking tables, such efforts are now being overshadowed by the negative reputation of immorality and shame being brought upon our citadels of higher learning by the irresponsibility and indiscipline of a few misguided academics .
“It is most disheartening that people who are expected to train, guide and groom students in loco parentis turned round to breach the trust and confidence reposed in them by exploiting the students entrusted into their care and under their tutelage.
“Henceforth, all culprits shall face the full wrath of law as they will be prosecuted and those found guilty will serve the stiffest punishment under the law.
” I urge our university administrators in particular and all categories of staff to spare no efforts in ensuring that our higher institutions live up to the expectations of training and developing graduates who are in truth and indeed, worthy in character and learning”, Buhari further said.
The Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council, Dr Abdullahi Jibril Oyekan, from the university experience, appealed to the judiciary to train the university administrators on technicalities that could make them run fouls of the laws.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Suleiman Age Abdulkareem, charged the graduands to strive “to become employers of labour and creators of wealth.”
He added: “Opportunities abound in the country and it is your duty to harness, explore and exploit them.”
A total of 12,009 students were graduated at the ceremony with 130 of them bagging First Class Degrees Honours.
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