By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has dismissed another lecturer of the institution, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje, who was found guilty of sexual demeanor against a female student.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, stated that the decision to dismiss Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts, was taken by the University Council at its last sitting on Tuesday.
“Having exhaustively deliberated on the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Dr Mosobalaje, the University Council, unambiguously declared its zero tolerance to sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate University sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulation,” the statement reads.
It would be recalled that almost two weeks ago, the university management formally inaugurated an “anti – sexual harassment policy” where their excellencies, Erelu Bisi Fayemi (the wife of Ekiti State Governor) and Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola (the wife of Osun State Governor) presented papers while a former Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Professor Yemisi Obilade was the main speaker.
Also, at several fora, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to uphold the “zero tolerance policy” for sexual harassment and other social vices.
The Council of the University, chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji, also pledged to support policies that promote mutual co existence between all the members of the university community.