The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, have sacked Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje, a lecturer in the Department of English Language for sexually harassing a female student.
Mosobalaje’s sack is coming almost three years after the varsity sacked a professor of management accounting, Richard Akindele, over sexual harassment.
A statement on Tuesday by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, explained that the decision to dismiss Mosobalaje was taken by the Governing Council at its last sitting on Monday, September 7, 2021.
“Having exhaustively deliberated on the report of the Joint Committee of Council and Senate, which investigated the case of sexual harassment against Dr Mosobalaje, the University Council, unambiguously declared its zero tolerance to sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate University sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulation.
“It would be recalled that almost two weeks ago, the University Management formally inaugurated an “anti – sexual harassment policy” where their excellencies, Erelu Bisi Fayemi (the wife of Ekiti State Governor) and Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola (the wife of Osun State Governor) presented papers, while a former Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Professor Yemisi Obilade was the main speaker.
“At several fora, the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to uphold the “zero tolerance policy” for sexual harassment and other social vices. The Council of University Chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji has also pledged to support policies that promote mutual co-existence between all the members of the University Community,” Olarewaju said.