OAU sacks another lecturer over sexual harrassment
A male lecturer of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife has been dismissed after he was found guily of sexually harassing a female student.
The latest development was disclosed on Tuesday by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarenwaju.
The lecturer, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language, Faculty of Arts, was sacked by the university’s governing council at its last sitting on Monday, September 6.
The statement by the university’s PRO read:
“Having exhaustively deliberated on the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Dr Mosobalaje, the University Council, unambiguously declared its zero tolerance to sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate university sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulation.”
Mosobalaje’s dismissal comes few years after the institution sacked a professor of Management Accounting, Richard Akindele over sexual harassment.
About two weeks ago, the university management formally inaugurated an anti-sexual harassment policy.
Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and wife of the Osun State Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola were present at the inauguration, as well as a former Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Professor Yemisi Obilade who was the main speaker.
At several fora, the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, reiterated the commitment of his administration to uphold the “zero-tolerance policy” for sexual harassment and other social vices.
The Council of University chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji has also pledged to support policies that promote mutual co-existence between all the members of the university community.