….Management sets up investigative panel
By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
A sex scandal has rocked Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, as a female student alleged that a lecturer in the department of Accounting was demanding for some rounds of sex before she could pass his subject.
However the management of the institutipn on Tuesday said it has set up a committee to investigate an audio recording of a conversation purportedly between a male lecturer in the institution and a female student, where the said lecturer demanded for sex to help the student pass a course.
In the said audio conversation between the duo which was widely circulated online, Prof. Richard Akindele, a lecturer in the Department of Accounting, demanded for sex five times from an unnamed female student.
The female student failed a course after scoring 36 marks alleged that the said lecturer promised to help her into pass mark, if she would have sex with him five times.
When contacted for reactions yesterday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Biodun Olanrewaju, said: “The university is aware and we are setting up machinery to critically look at the issue to determine the veracity of the audio or otherwise.
“We have set up a committee to look into the issue. First, we must determine, if the male voice in the recording is actually that of the lecturer. Also the female voice, it must be ascertained that is that of our female student.
“OAU management will never condone indiscipline. We have tradition of excellence and we will keep to that. The vice chancellor will also speak on the matter in due course”, Olanrewaju said.
Also commenting, a retired professor and former presidential aspirant, Remi Sonaiya said: “Terrible! Unfortunately, many universities don’t have strong deterrence or punishment for abusers.
“Students should be encouraged to speak out when such things happen. There must be at least someone in the institution who can be trusted and confided in. Justice must be done.
“The good thing about such cases becoming public is that it will force the institutions to address them more seriously – if only to protect their name. Sadly, our universities have not dealt seriously with the issue of sexual harassment.”