The administration of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka has demoted some instructors who are suspected of sexually harassing pupils.
Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, the university’s special adviser on public relations and special duties, who verified the promotion, disproved social media rumors that university students had recently launched a protest against sexual harassment in the institution.
However, Ojukwu omitted to disclose the breakdown of the total number or the names of the lecturers that were demoted.
Ojukwu released the following statement on Friday: “The Nnamdi Azikiwe campus Awka Management has been made aware of a social media report claiming female students at our campus were protesting sexual harassment by university instructors. It is crucial to note that there was absolutely no protest at the campus.
“However, a probe into claims of sexual harassment by several instructors is still ongoing. The impacted lecturers were abruptly fired from their official posts, and the affected departments received letters of severe reprimand from the Vice-Chancellor.
“Unfortunately, the students who reported sexual harassment refused to appear before the inquiry panel to give testimony. The Vice-Chancellor also called a meeting of the concerned departments, where he voiced the university’s unhappiness and issued a warning to professors and employees not to do anything that would damage the university’s reputation.
“He further assures students of the renewed determination of the university to protect them and treat all forms of allegations of sexual harassment with the seriousness it deserves and confidentially”.