From Victor Akinkuolie,Ado-Ekiti
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), Ekiti state chapter have threatened to institute legal action against any lecturer found engaging in sexual harrassment of its members.
The student body equally vowed to rid the higher institutions operating in Ekiti State of sexual harrassment and promised to work with the Managements to ensure that lecturers engaging in such act are dismissed and prosecuted .
The Chairman , NANS/Joint Campus Committee, Ekiti axis, Com Abiola Ogunleye, spoke on Thursday during a press conference held at the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti to review the activities of the body.
Ogunleye flanked by other leaders of the NANS applauded the EKSU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Eddy Olanipekun, for expelling a lecturer that recently engaged in sexual assault, saying that such a development would send a signal that there were no sacred cows on campuses.
He also saluted the EKSU management for fasttracking action on how to make the university fully residential by partnering private bodies to build hostels in the university.
“Protection of students against all forms of victimisation, sexual assaults, and harassment are our priority. The management of all higher institutions operating in Ekiti had assured us that they won’t tolerate such act. Even when a lecturer was indicted for sexual assault here in EKSU, he was dismissed from this University. This confirmed that the management has zero tolerance for harassment.
Passing a vote on confidence in the leadership of EKSU, Ogunleye said they took the step to encourage EKSU management who has has worked for full accreditation for all courses being run by the institution.
NANS leader commended the EKSU management for also donating Covid 19 facilities to the state government during the heat if the pandemic and for prioritising the welfare of students and staff to avert internal crisis.
“We are happy that the Vice Chancellor, Prof Eddy Olanipekun had denied plan to increase the tuition fee and that the university will soon be reopened after Covid 19 closure with plan to provide Covid 19 facilities for the safety of our colieagues.
NANS charged the management of other higher institutions in the state to place high premium on the welfare and security of students and ward off all manners of victimisation against them.