Akindele was allegedly recorded soliciting for sex from a female student in exchange for grades, the country roundly condemned his actions and challenged government to finally take definitive action on the menace of sexual harassment of students in tertiary institutions. Stella Oduah, literally the last person anyone expected to speak up on the matter has just released a statement. We’ve reproduced it verbatim for your perusal.
My attention has been drawn to an audio recording reportedly between an unidentified female student and a professor in one of the respected tertiary institutions in our country.The culture of sexual assault in our tertiary institutions must be abolished. My position has always been that we must take on this issue from the top: Lecturers who assault female students must be publicly shamed, and captured in a database which would ensure that they would not be able to teach or take up employment at other educational institutions.We must also encourage more female students on our campuses to speak up by creating mechanisms that protect them from victimisation.Provocative dressing should never be grounds for justifying assault. Institutions are free to enforce codes of conduct, dressing and decorum as they deem fit. This must also be done with respect for the constitutional rights of students.This conversation must not be swept under the rug. The University should investigate this issue and deal decisively with the accused person if found guilty.As a woman, mother, and Senator who serves as vice chairman of the committee on women affairs, I have continued to put the issue of sexual assault in our campuses on the front burner. We would not relent until we our educational institutions become safe spaces for the development of our girls and not a den of sexual predators.
Find a video of my contribution on this issue on the floor of the Senate. Link below:
Govt should create a database to ensure that university lecturers dismissed on grounds of sexual harassment/assault can no longer find employment elsewhere. My contribution on the floor of @NGRSenate.
— Stella Oduah (@SenStellaOduah) March 29, 2018