#SexforGrades: FCCPC Lauds ABU for Sacking Lecturers

  • Government agency calls for further investigation on others.
  • 16 staff were affected.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has reacted to the sack of 15 staff and demotion of one academic staff by the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, over corruption and sexual harassment.

Babatunde Irukera, the Chief Executive Officer of FCPPC, in a statement shared via FCCPC’s official Twitter handle, on Sunday, said that the action of the school resulted from investigations. This he said showed that the affected members of staff were culpable of offences against the rules of the university.

“The Commission notes that this strong disciplinary action followed investigations that established unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances and behaviours towards members of the school community, illegal allocation of, and alteration of grades, including extortion of students,” part of the statement reads.

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He further stated that the conduct materially affects the entire community, diminish scholarship and negatively skew academic outcomes in a manner that violates the rights of the targets of the behaviour and victimises others who are invariably indirect victims.

While noting that the inappropriate behaviour undermines the quality and validity of education and questions the credibility of educational outcomes, the FCCPC further urged the authorities of the ABU to continue an investigation into other cases.

The government agency also called on other educational institutions to pursue “aggressive and open initiatives” to fight harassment and corruption.

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It could be recalled that the university had in September sacked 15 lecturers for offences bordering on sexual harassment, negligence of duty and corruption.  The lecturers were from different departments and faculties.

A reliable source told iDONSABI that 16 workers were affected, and they are both academic and non-academic staff The source further revealed that they involved in nefarious activities like the mishandling of records, scripts to sexual harassment and assault.

 

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