The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na-Allah, confirmed that the institution has dismissed two professors over alleged sexual harassment offences.
On Monday, Na’Allah told reporters while in New York that the university had introduced a policy on sex abuse on campus. According to him, UniAbuja is committed to high moral standards and will not tolerate any act of misconduct perpetrated by its staff against students.
“I have dismissed two professors since I became the vice- chancellor. It tells you how we are serious about the issue of sexual harassment. We are collaborating with some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to make sure that it is not only us that are addressing this issue, but we have a strong partnership.”
“We cannot allow the lives of our students to be destroyed, because most of the abuses destroy the lives of their victims.”
He added that the problem was a general problem around universities in Nigeria and not just his institution but added it was a problem that needed to be addressed.
“It was sad to see some lecturers, who are supposed to be protecting the female students, becoming one of their problems. This a problem of universities in Nigeria, not only University of Abuja alone.”
“But UniAbuja is pursuing it with vigour, because, we know this is one of the issues to address to make our university one of the best in Nigeria.”
“As I speak now, there are several investigations ongoing by a committee set up, addressing the problem,” he said.