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S*x-For-Grades: Women Group Seeks Tinubu's Assent To S*xual Harassment Bill

Posted by Samuel on Fri 25th Aug, 2023 - tori.ng

The group similarly recommended that educational institutions in Nigeria should, as a matter of necessity, develop a s*xual and gender harassment policy to safeguard the dignity of girls with a view to providing a safe environment for learning.

Bola Tinubu

The Women’s Network, a Nigerian group, has made an appeal to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The group appealed to the President to assent to the Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of S*xual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Bill passed by the 9th National Assembly.

The group similarly recommended that educational institutions in Nigeria should, as a matter of necessity, develop a s*xual and gender harassment policy to safeguard the dignity of girls with a view to providing a safe environment for learning.

The President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Mrs Ladi Bala, made these calls yesterday in Calabar while “demanding justice for all the hapless female students of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar who have suffered unwarranted intimidation and s*xual harassment from Prof Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law.”

NAWOJ which held the meeting under the umbrella body of the Women’s Network, a women’s rights group, while condemning the alleged s*x for grades scandal involving Ndifon, noted that the alleged s*xual harassment is the second of such reports against him, and stressed that, “as such, justice must be served this time around.”

Bala described “the act as not only appalling and disgusting” but also insisted that “it is unacceptable to put it mildly.”

The group, also referred to as the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project of ActionAid Nigeria and funded by the Global Affairs, Canada, in a statement it released in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, during the meeting, and a copy given to The PUNCH, stressed that it is wrong for dons or any lecturer, for that matter to award grades for s*x and meet up with related school requirements for similar purposes.

The Women’s Network maintained that it is “further miffed over the allegation because Prof. Ndifon is not only a senior academic staff but one that has put in over 30 years of service as a lecturer. It is in the light of these anomalies that we not only call but strongly demand stringent measures against Prof Ndifon.”

“The unfortunate saga the law professor is being accused of is not only an abuse of his office and the confidence reposed in him by the university authorities, but a betrayal of the appropriate conduct expected of a supposed learned man of his calibre,” the statement added.

Continuing, the women’s group added, “While we commend the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Banki and the management team of the Institution for the swift action taken by suspending Prof Cyril Ndifon over the violations of the well-laid rules and regulations of the institution, we, however, insist and demand for a full and comprehensive investigation into the condemnable matter as well as ensure proper prosecution of Prof Ndifon to serve as deterrent to others with similar behavioural pattern and or intention(s).

“Towards this end, we urge the heads of our various educational institutions in the country to as a matter of public importance, borrow a leaf from the Vice Chancellor of UNICAL by creating a safe space for girls to voice out against s*xual and gender-based violence in schools.

“Such proactive measures will go a long way at creating an environment such as the type that empowered the law students of UNICAL to stage a protest and open up on the constant s*xual harassment and abuse of their bodies by lecturers of the institution.

“The incidences of s*xual and gender-based violence is not only peculiar to UNICAL but, common in most campuses of tertiary institutions and have been going on unhindered due to lack of enabling laws,” it declared.

It pointed out that the ugly trend if not urgently addressed, is capable of truncating the educational and self-development of girls and women.



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