By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile Ife on Wednesday dismissed Professor Richard Akindele accused of sexual harassment “for gross misconduct”.
OAU announced Professor Akindele’s dismissal in a press release signed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ogunbodede made available to newsmen.
Accordingly, to Professor Ogunmodede, the dismissal of Professor Akindele followed ” the Senate recommended that Professor Richard Akindele, having been found liable on all the allegations against him, should be dismissed from the services of the University.”
“The Council, at its meeting of today, Wednesday, 20th of June, 2018, having considered the recommendation of Senate, as well as the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, decided that Professor Richard I. Akindele should be dismissed from the services of the University for gross misconduct.” he said.
Professor Ogunmodede, added that “the University has also taken further steps to ensure the total elimination of Sexual Harassment (SH) in the OAU Community. The University has a legal duty to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment within the institution and ensure that both men and women are protected from this menace; and thereby provide conducive environment for teaching and learning.”
According to the Vice Chancellor, to achieve this, “the university:(a)is creating more awareness and disseminating information on what constitutes Sexual Harassment (SH) within the university, and noting the veracity of SH concepts which include – sexual solicitation and advances, sex exploitation, prostitution, seduction, pimping, sexual assault, unwanted touching, vulgar sexual jokes, rape among others. These concepts are well specified in the University Sexual Harassment Policy approved by the University Council in 2013;”
“(b)has put in place a strategic implementation framework for the SH Policy which will ensure effective/rapid redress mechanisms to incidents of SH. The SH Policy clearly states mechanisms for reporting and for dealing with SH cases through the committee system. This would be made more functional; (c)will continuously educate staff and students about their right to seek redress in cases of SH;
(d)has uploaded, on its website, the Sexual Harassment Policy, under the administrative blog, while copies are being given to students at matriculations, and when staff are newly recruited; (e)intends to add ‘Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment’ as part of its core values, and openly display this on bill boards, and that, ” awhistle-blower policy is also being developed by the University.”
“OAU is fully committed to the eradication of sexual and other types of harassment from our tertiary institutions and will do all that is possible to nip this menace in the bud. OAU has zero tolerance for Sexual Harassment and as a renowned University will do everything humanly possible to maintain the rules and regulations of the University.”