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Sex-for-grades: Buhari promises hard times for culprits

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UNIVERSITIES lecturers and other staffs behind the wave of sex-for-grade scandals rocking many Nigerian campuses are in for hard times as they would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

  President Muhammadu Buhari handed down the warning yesterday in an address he delivered as visitor at the 35th convocation of University of Ilorin, adding that nothing will save culprits from being prosecuted and punished adequately.

  The president was represented at the event by a deputy director in National University Commission (NUC), Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf.

  According to him, this is part of his administration’s policy to rid Nigeria all forms of indiscipline and misdemeanor, explaining that appropriate government agencies had been directed to take decisive action against any lecturer or other staffs indicted for sexual harassment at all educational and other institutions.

  “Definitely, our universities can do without the negative and scandalous attention being paid to them and our dear nation in the wake of trending stories of sex-for-grades and sexual harassment, which have assumed a global dimension.

It is most reprehensible that while some of our more illustrious university staff are making concerted efforts to improve the continental and global ranking of Nigeria’s universities and indeed some of our universities are already beginning to make a more respectable showing on continental and global league and ranking tables, such efforts are now being overshadowed by the negative reputation of immorality and shame being brought upon our citadels of higher learning by the irresponsibility and indiscipline of a few misguided academics.

  It is most disheartening that people who are expected to train, guide and groom students in loco parentis turn around to breach the trust and confidence reposed in them by exploiting the students entrusted into their care and under their tutelage.

Henceforth, all culprits shall face the full wrath of the law as they will be prosecuted and those found guilty will serve the stiffest punishment under the law. I urge our university administrators in particular and all categories of staff to spare no efforts at ensuring that our higher institutions live up to the expectations of training and developing graduates who are in truth and indeed, worthy in character and learning,” Buhari said.

  A total of 12,009 students graduated at the ceremony with 130 bagging First Class honours.

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