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Sexual Harassment: stop going to lecturers unnecessarily – Minister of Education

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Edwin Eriye

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, yesterday advised female students to stop going to lecturers for unwarranted reasons.

He gave the admonition while unveiling a policy document against sexual harassment by the University of Port Harcourt.

Mr Adamu also warned students against harassing their lecturers. “The federal ministry of education is embarrassed with allegations of sexual harassment in Nigerian institutions.

“Girls should read their books and be able to defend their certificates, female students should stop going to lecturers unnecessarily and should not harass their lecturers.

“We are recommending UNIPORT’s sexual harassment policy to other higher institutions in Nigeria”, Mr Adamu said.

The school’s vice chancellor, Ndowa Lale, explained that the document defined the rules of engagement between lecturers, administrator and students, including visitors to the university.

“The document unambiguously defines what constitutes sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who wittingly and unwittingly infringe on its provisions in the line of duty.

“Any female student who blackmails vulnerable male students or their colleagues into sexual liaisons should be ready for the long arm of the policy on sexual harassment.

“Also, visitors who believe that the university is a happy hunting ground for cheap sex should think again, as they would be apprehended, held liable and prosecuted in line with relevant provisions of the policy”, Ndowa said

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