“We won’ t condone sex- for-marks in this university. We also frown on the act of demanding gifts in exchange for marks,” the Vice- Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Kolawole Salako, has said while calling on female students of the institution to report any lecturer that demands sexual favours from them to the authorities.
Salako spoke to newsmen in Abeokuta during the institution’ s 30th Anniversary Lecture.
The lecture which was titled, “A robust regulation system : An imperative for quality assurance in Nigerian universities was delivered by a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission , Prof. Julius Okojie .
Prof. Salako told journalists that the management of the university had in the past sacked some lecturers who demanded sex from female students in exchange for marks.
Recall infobase reported the case of a lecturer at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Richard Akindele , for allegedly demanding sex from a postgraduate student Miss. Monica Osagie.
Management of OAU led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, suspended the accused after a thorough investigation by the school’s management.
Also called FUNAAB (UNAAB), Salako said , “ We have sacked a lot of lecturers in the past who were found guilty of demanding sex in exchange for marks. I have given the students of this institution the assurance of 100 per cent support from the authorities if they are abused .”
Case of sex for marks in Nigerian Universities:
The most classical publicised of such case in recent time is the case of sex for mark audio tape between a university lecturer at OAU, Ile-Ife, and his female undergraduate student.
The affected student at the OAU saga was surprised that her name and the tape was later leaked.
Akindele, the randy lecturer, and a senior church cleric in Ile-Ife, had in a telephone conversation allegedly demanded five rounds of sex from Osagie to change her mark from 33 to a pass .
The leaked conversation went viral on the social media as Nigerians called for thorough investigation into the incident and punishment of culprits.
OAU VC said:
“ In the interim report submitted to the Vice Chancellor , Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede , Professor Richard I . Akindele , of the Department of Management and Accounting , is now established to be the lecturer in the controversial “ marks for sex” audio recording.
“The female voice has also been identified as that of Miss Monica Osetobe Osagie, a postgraduate student of the Master of Business Administration regular programme.
“Although the investigative committee had invited both Professor Richard Akindele and Miss Osagie, only Professor Akindele appeared before the committee , while Miss Osagie has yet to appear or make any representation.
“The report indicated that many other witnesses appeared before the committee and gave useful evidence. The university is making efforts to ensure that Miss Osagie appears before the investigative committee so that it can hear her side of the case and promptly submit its final report.
“The committee observed that a prima facie case of inappropriate relationship with the female student had been established against Professor Richard Akindele .
The vice chancellor, having carefully and dispassionately considered the report , also came to the conclusion that a prima facie case of serious misconduct had been established .
“ Having regard to the gravity of the offence for which Professor Richard I . Akindele is found to be prima facie liable, the vice chancellor, in line with the Code of Conduct for the university community and acting under all the laws and regulations of the university enabling him in that regard, has directed that Professor Richard I . Akindele be suspended forthwith from the university , pending the final determination of the disciplinary case against him . ”
Sex for marks have been a recurrent cases in Nigerian higher institutions, female students hardly speak out because of fear of being failed by their teachers.
On the other side, male students , particularly the rich ones are known for giving monetary compensation to their lecturers in exchange for marks.