The Federal Government (FG) has said on Tuesday 29th October that the increased allegations of sexual misconduct in the tertiary institutions are becoming embarrassing.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, urged female students to stop going to lecturers unnecessarily and take their studies seriously to avoid being exposed to sexual predators.
Mallam Adamu added that the Federal Ministry of Education is embarrassed with the allegations of sex-for-grades in Nigeria’s higher institutions.
He said, Girls should read their books and be able to defend their certificates and as such, make them less vulnerable to sexual predators and female students should stop going to lecturers unnecessarily and also should not harass their lecturers.
According to the minister, UNIPORT was the first university in the country to unveil a policy document against sexual harassment on campus and the policy will go a long way in addressing the danger of sexual harassment in institutions of learning.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale, added that the university frowned at sexual misconduct and was taking actionable steps to tackle the menace.
He said the document defines what constitutes sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who willingly and unwillingly break the law on its provisions in the line of duty.
The Vice-Chancellor added that lecturers and administrators who do not remember to sew zippers in front of their trousers should be ready to bear the consequences of their amorous liaison with female students, and students who harass lecturers to award them undeserved grades should equally be ready to face the music if and when they are caught in the act of self-advertisement to their lecturers.
The Vice-Chancellor also said that any person accused of sexual misconduct would be presumed guilty until such allegation was proved otherwise, under the established rules of fair hearing.