The Vice Chancellor(VC), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has reaffirmed the university’s determination and commitment to get to the bottom of the ongoing investigations into the sex for marks allegations levelled against two lecturers of the institution.
He also vowed that the extant law on such acts would take its full course on the concerned lecturers should they be found guilty of the crime.
Ogundipe gave the assurance at the weekend, while addressing newsmen at a forum to highlight the activities of the university in the the last one year.
Newspeakonline recalls that the duo of Dr Boniface Igbenegbu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies and Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, were both exposed in a documentary on sexual harassment produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and aired in October.
Ogundipe said the university was following its laid down procedures on cases of sexual allegations and other forms of immoral acts against any staff member.
“And you are all aware that the university has first of all suspended both of them and constituted a panel to investigate them and they would remain suspended until investigations are concluded and their fate is determined,” the VC said.
The VC explained that whatever the investigative panel come up with, will go to the administrative investigative stage and then to the council before a final conclusion can be made.
“And the university would ensure every stage is thorough and fair to those concerned. This is to show that the university has a zero-tolerance on immoral acts and at the same time, the whole world is watching us,” he added.
Ogundipe said the university in the last one year, was able to attract up to N7 billion research grants from external bodies including the World Bank, while also increasing its internally generated income. He added that the institution is fast improving in the global ranking.
The VC noted that the university is among the best 1,000 universities globally and the best in Nigeria, adding that the institution will continue to produce quality and globally competitive graduates, carry out problem solving researches and continue to involve in community engagement activities.