Taking the lead among universities, the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), formally launched the institution’s Sexual Harassment Policy on Tuesday, 29th October 2019. The event kicked off with a Sensitization Campaign walk from Delta Park to the event Venue Center, Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The Director of Management Information Systems Unit in Cross River University of Technology, Dr. (Mrs) Hannah Etta, has berated Lecturers for keeping quiet on the menace of “sex for marks” and “marks for sex” in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
She berated them last Friday, when she featured on FAD 93.1 FM radio Calabar as a guest of “Today’s Woman”, a weekly program of that station.
Dr (Mrs) Etta featured on the program as a Volunteer Member of Sofadondo, a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) that campaigns against “sex for marks” and “marks for sex”.
Students in tertiary institutions across the country have been advised to report any case of molestation, intimidation and all forms of harassment to relevant authorities for necessary action.
A milestone deserving recognition in the campaign against sex for marks or marks for sex in tertiary institutions was attained in Nigeria yesterday when a Federal High Court in Osogbo, Osun State, sentenced Professor Richard Akindele, a former lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), to six years imprisonment for demanding sex from his student, Monica Osagie, in order to make her pass a course he taught.
The SOFADONDO (SDD) advocacy group has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) for its action regarding Professor Richard Akindele, a former lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
In furtherance of the need to equally conscientize younger female students against Sex for Marks before they get admitted in tertiary institutions, we also took our campaign to Edgerley Memorial Girls Secondary School, Edgerley Road, Calabar, Cross River State.
Credit goes to Dr (Mrs) Hannah Etta, our Sofadondo (SDD) Volunteer, for seizing the opportunity of the 120th anniversary of the school to include our campaign as part of the programme of activities at the anniversary.
We took our campaign to SS3 students at the Government Secondary School, Lagos Street, Calabar, Cross River State!
This was very strategic and timely, as these students prepare to begin life in tertiary institutions.