Federal Government Warns Against Sexual Harassment In Universities

The Federal Government, through the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, on Thursday, October 12, 2023, warned members of the academia and the university community over matters of sexual harassment on campuses, stressing that the Federal Ministry of Education will deal effectively with perpetrators of such acts.

According to a statement issued by Ben Goong, the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mamman gave the warning when he received the report of the committee on alleged sexual harassment by the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Professor Cyril Ndifon.

He described Sexual harassment as a serious criminal offence that must be dealt with decisively, when and whenever it occurs, adding that the Federal Ministry of Education will do everything humanly possible to turn around the ugly occurrence in Nigeria’s institutions of higher learning.

The minister also noted that the offence of sexual harassment is cancerous and must be eliminated at all cost, stressing that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace in the country’s educational system.

He also maintained that President Bola Tinubu led- administration is out to protect the vulnerable groups within the country’s educational system, reiterating that he will evoke the long arm of the law to ensure that perpetrators are adequately punished, as no one will be allowed to take advantage of vulnerable groups.

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