The Congress of University Academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun state has waded into the sex for marks scandal that has engulfed one of the institution’s lecturers.
The body, in conjunction with National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called for an investigation into the allegations made against the don.
They urged the school authorities to deal decisively with the matter and if found guilty, should terminate the lecturer’s employment.
This group’s position was disclosed on Tuesday by Dr Niyi Sumonu, chairman of the Congress of University Academics.
He said, “If it is established that this is true, the person, who perpetrated that does not belong to the academic environment. We are supposed to mould the lives of the students – males and females.”
The allegation, triggered after a 4-minute audio clip of an alleged conversation between the don and the student was leaked, is that the professor asked to have sex with a yet-to-be-identified student in exchange for upgrading her 33 marks to a pass.
The student, however, elected to fail the course on the ground that the number of romps demanded was too much.
The OAU Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, has said the university would set up a committee to ascertain the veracity of the telephone conversation.
He said, “We have listened to the audio and we cannot conclude on it now because this is the age of ICT; anything can happen. The university has a way of dealing with such.
“First and foremost, we will set up a committee to determine the veracity or otherwise of the conversation to establish authenticity of the characters involved. If those involved happen to be our lecturer and student as it is portrayed, the university has a machinery of dealing with such.
“Let me make it clear, OAU has zero tolerance for sexual intimidation, sexual harassment and sexual coercion. So, we will not accept it from staff to students; from the workers; from superiors to subordinates and even from students to students.”