By Felix Khanoba
The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has commended authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, over its decision to dismiss a lecturer of the institution, Prof. Richard Akindele, following a sex-for-mark scandal.
Akindele, who was dismissed on Wednesday last week, was said to have demanded sex from a female student, Monica Osagie, in order to help her get higher grades.
“CPC notes OAU’s responsiveness to the sensitivity of this issue and the written inquiries of the Council.
“The Council further welcomes OAU’s decision to dismiss the member of faculty involved, and commends Ms. Monica Osagie for speaking up and demonstrating courage by securing credible evidence to substantiate her allegations.
“Her bravery and the appropriate response of OAU would embolden other victims to resist harassment and speak up when confronted,” a statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by CPC’s Director General, Babatunde Irukera, said.
While re-emphasising the need for learning institutions to address sexual harassment and other ancillary conduct in order to restore institutional reputation, CPC harped on conducive environment for students, being consumers of educational services.
It would be recalled that CPC had on 30 April, 2018, issued a release condemning what appeared to be credible allegation of sexual harassment of the student by the affected lecturer.