The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has called on the authority of the Obafemi Owolowo University to ensure justice in the ongoing probe of alleged sexual harassment by a lecturer in the university.
Ms. Monica Osagie, A post graduate student of the Department of Management and Accounting of the university, has alleged that a lecturer , Prof. Richard Akindele, demanded sex from her to upgrade her mark.
The Authority of the University have however set up a committee to look into the audio recording that when viral where the student and the lecturer were negotiating sex for mark. The have both so far appeared before the committee.
Mr. Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, in a statement for the governor, applauded the courage of Ms Monica Osagie, which he described as “uncommon”, while decrying the reality of sexual sexual harassment as a norm in our educational institutions.
The governor while acknowledging the fact that his administration is interested in the case said that the University authority should see to the case without fear or favour.
“Obafemi Awolowo University ranks high in moral standard and educational excellence in the country and I urge the university authority to rise to the occasion and defend its hard-earned reputation. Justice should not only be done but must be seen to have been done.
“The world is watching the university closely to see the way the case will be handled and my administration is equally interested in the matter, as Osagie hails from Ohordua, in the Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
“Our institutions of higher learning must appreciate that it is a privilege to be saddled with the task of moulding the minds of young ones to whom the future belongs.” the governor said.
Obaseki, however, called on students to emulate Ms. Osagie by becoming voices against all forms of harassment and oppression in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
He also urged students at all levels of learning to be committed to knowledge acquisition, research and put forward ideas and models that could solve the nation’s developmental challenges.