… If you don’t forget, some years ago, when the story of sexual harassment allegations against Richard Akindele, a professor of accounting at the university’s faculty of administration, went viral, the institution has been in the news for similar reasons on a regular basis.
The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has dismissed another Lecturer who was found guilty of sexual harassment of a female student.
Mr Abiodun Olarewaju, the University’s Public Relations Officer, announced this in a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ile-Ife.
He stated that the action was in keeping with the university’s stated goal of eliminating all forms of sexual intimidation, harassment, and coercion.
The decision to dismiss Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts was made by the council at its most recent meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
It also reaffirmed that the Joint Committee of the Council and Senate had previously investigated the case against Mosobalaje, and that their report had been considered by the institution’s authorities.
“As a result, the University Council unequivocally declares its zero tolerance for sexual harassment, in any form or guise, and has imposed the appropriate sanctions for such an offense as specified in the University regulation.
“About two weeks ago, the University administration formally launched an anti-sexual harassment policy at which the wives of the governors of Ekiti and Osun, Mrs Bisi Fayemi and Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, respectively, presented papers.
“The main speaker was Prof. Yemisi Obilade, a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun.
“At several fora, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to uphold the zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and other social vices,” the statement said.
And in the meantime, the University Council, chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji, has pledged to support policies that promote mutual coexistence among University Community members.