Sexual Harassment: Edo Govt Sacks 13 Varsity Lecturers

  • Accuses others of age falsification, extortion 

Determined to rid the Ambrose Ali University (AAU), Ekpoma of increasing  cases of official misconduct among its workforce, the Edo state government has sacked 13 lecturers of the state-owned institution.

The culprits were thrown into the job market following allegations bothering on sexual harassment, fraud, extortion, falsification of age, and official misconduct among others.

Presenting the University’s Disciplinary Committee’s report to members of AAU Special Intervention Team (SIT) on Monday, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Asomwan Sunny Adagbonyin, explained that the erring staff lost their jobs based on the Committee’s recommendations that found them guilty of the said offences.

According to Adagbonyin; “The Disciplinary Committee had given the affected staff fair hearing and recommended that the criminal aspect of the disengaged staff should be reported to security operatives.”

Highlights of the report indicated that a lecturer, who headed the Nursing Science, was recommended for dismissal due to his involvement in extorting from Students various sums ranging between N32,000 and N52,000.

Prof Adagbonyin also disclosed that an Associate Professor and a lecturer were dismissed for collecting unapproved levies from students while another lecturer indicted for sexual harassment was also sacked.

“The lecturer claimed to only make advances, but went to the said girl’s church to plead for forgiveness. The victim has been protected and reassigned to another lecturer”, the Vice Chancellor added.

Offering further details on the affected Staff’s identity, Prof Adagbonyin listed them as coming from the Faculty of Basic Medical Science; Medical Laboratory Sciences; and Nursing Department.

Others are from the Engineering Department; Faculty of Law; and Political Science, as well as the former Director of the University’s Farm.

Of the reported 209 disciplinary cases, the Vice Chancellor said the Disciplinary Committee has so far concluded findings and made its recommendations on 132 of the cases, representing 63 per cent.

However, he hinted that investigations are still ongoing in remaining 77 cases, representing 37 per cent of all the disciplinary issues before the Committee.

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