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Sexual harassment, corruption: FCCPC lauds Varsity for sack of 15 errant staff

Alexander Davis

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Abuja, Nigeria, has welcomed what it calls “the bold and decisive action” of the authorities of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, in Kaduna State, in terminating the employment of 15 staff and demotion of an academic staff in October 2019.

The affected staff were dismissed from the employ of the University on the grounds of conducts bordering on corruption and sexual harassment.

The Commission in a statement by Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FCCPC, and pursuant to Section 17 (p) (s) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, notes “this strong disciplinary action followed investigations that established unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances and behaviour toward members of the school community, illegal allocation of, and alteration of grades, and extortion of students.”

According to him, these types of conduct “materially affect the entire community, diminish scholarship and negatively skew academic outcomes in a manner that violates the rights of targets of the behaviour and victimises others who are invariably indirect victims.

The inappropriate behavior, Mr. Irukera said, “undermines the quality and validity of education and questions the credibility of educational outcomes.”

FCCPC is further encouraged by ABU’s commitment to a broader and continuing investigation of others within the community, he added.

He said a transparent, fair and just educational community is vital for all members of the community, especially students, and the Commission is keen on ensuring that “students, as consumers, are afforded the necessary protections, and our campuses are safe and secure always.”

The Director-General, therefore, commends ABU for this robust and far-reaching effort and the confidence it restores and promotes in our institutions, systems and processes.

The Commission also urges educational institutions to pursue aggressive and open initiatives to ensure harassment, corruption and other vices are eradicated from Nigeria’s educational system.

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