The Ife 12 Group, an association of former OAU 1989 and 1990 graduates of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), has called on the university authorities to carefully and conclusively treat the case of the alleged case of sex-for-marks said to involve one Professor Richard Akindele of the Faculty of Administration and a female student of the institution.
In a statement signed by group leaders, Tolulope Dawodu and Adebayo Adeleke, the Ife 12 Group warned that the case must not be swept under the carpet so their alma mater would be seen to be preserving the motto of sound learning and culture of civility for which it is known internationally.
It added, “As stakeholders in the Ife project, we stand convinced that a proper and transparent closure to the saga would protect the integrity of the certificates we all hold.”
Though it noted that a panel of enquiry had been set up to investigate the matter, the group insisted that the findings should be made public. It advised that while the girl in question may not want to present herself publicly, she should be reached out to do so confidentially to the Vice Chancellor and state her case without any harassment or undue punishment. Such a channel to present such cases confidentially should be created for female students of the university (and other higher institutions) to report randy lecturers for appropriate disciplinary sanctions which should include dismissal from the service of the institution.
The Group added that even if the female student does not present herself for interrogation, Prof Akindele should be quizzed to determine if there are two female students who scored 33 and 38 in his 300 level course as stated in the telephone chat.
It also recommended that every student of the university should be made to sign a No-Sexual Harassment Policy Form at their resumption in the university, as it is done in some foreign universities. Every lecturer (male and female) should also sign a similar form to protect both the students and lecturers from such heinous crimes.
The Group advised that if the university could not however handle the case properly, it should hand it over to the police because sex-for-marks cases are criminal cases for which there are stipulated sanctions under the law.