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ICPC and sex-for-grades

Disgrace: all the BBC sex for grade documentary in Nigerian Universities

Sir: This excellent article by Martins Oloja summarises it all: “The BBC would not have come to Lagos if we had followed up on the discovery of a randy Professor Richard Akindele who was sentenced to two years in prison in December last year”.
In 2013 when ICPC publicly released it’s University System Study and Review (USSR) Report, which highlighted sexual harassment as one of the key corrupt practices in the University system, it was taken to the cleaners through editorials and Opinions by some notable media houses. See https://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/03/the-icpcnuc-report-and-sexual-harassment-in-nigerian-universities1/amp/ and https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2013/03/the-icpcnuc-report-and-sexual-harassment-in-nigerian-universities-2/amp/

ICPC persevered, not only by requesting other Universities to emulate and implement university-based good practices like the ‘University of Ibadan Sexual Harassment and Gender Policies’; campus enlightenment series through their Anticorruption and Transparency Units (ACTUs); but also investigating sexual harassment petitions.

This was capped recently by the successful conviction of Prof. Akindele whilst other infractions are still being investigated or in court.

Campus-based Senate and Council disciplinary committees, watch groups, civil societies, ASUU, NASU, Student Union Governments, etc. must track every reported incident until a successful conclusion. Punish all culpable offenders and victims who raise false alarms. Reduce the vulnerability of both parties by limiting inappropriate contacts in offices. Improve examination administration processes and monitoring using approved marking guides.

Ekpo Nta, Esq. former ICPC Chairman, wrote from Lagos

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