The Federal Government has sacked 13 lecturers and demoted 16 others in connection with sexual-related offences.
The Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, who made this known at a news conference in Kaduna yesterday, said those affected are from the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State. Kazaure also said two others were cautioned, while one lecturer would be mentored.
His words: “The minister approved the dismissal from the services of the polytechnic two chief lecturers, two principal lecturers and one Lecturer I. “Also, four Chief Lecturers, one Principal Lecturer, one Lecturer I, one Lecturer II and one Higher Technician had their appointments terminated.
“The minister also approved the demotion of one Chief Lecturer, four Principal Lecturers, three Senior Lecturers, three Lecturer I, four Lecturer II, and one Senior Instructor. “One Chief lecturer, one Principal Lecturer, one Lecturer I, and one Lecturer II were warned, while a Chief Lecturer and one Senior Technologist were advised to be of good conduct.
“In addition, two senior lecturers were cautioned, an Assistant Lecturer is to be mentored and one ND student is to be advised, while another student denied admission into the polytechnic,” Kazaure said. He said the development was the outcome of an investigation following a publication by The Punch Newspaper with the title: “School where prostitutes assist male students to get marks.”
According to him, “The summary of the publication indicated that students hire prostitutes or beg their girlfriends to sleep with lecturers on their behalf in order to earn higher grades in their courses.
“The lecturer chooses a hotel of his choice and the affected students pay the hotel bills, which include the meals before the action. “Some of the lecturers give the option of paying by cash, which cost between N10,000 and N20,000, which could give the student not more than a ‘C’ grade.
“We promptly informed the Minister of Education, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).”
Kazaure said the board, therefore, constituted a fact-finding committee with representation from the EFCC, ICPC, DSS, NBTE and the Federal Ministry of Education and gave it one week within which to getting to the root of the matter. The committee was also to proffer lasting solutions to the problem. Five terms of reference were given the committee. The terms include: “To interact with all stakeholders involved in the matter, as well as security agencies in the locality with a view to confirming or otherwise of the allegation published in the Punch Newspaper of 9th April, 2016.
“To establish or otherwise the allegations and also identify the culprits involved and recommend appropriate punishment in line with Public Service Rules. “To identify the action so far taken by the management of the Auchi Polytechnic since the publication of the report and state categorically if the action will provide a lasting solution to the problem.
“To investigate the number of similar cases that have taken place in the institution and the action taken by the Management of Auchi Polytechnic in order to address them. “To recommend to the Federal Ministry of Education on measures to be taken in order to avoid future occurrences of such menace.”
He said the committee submitted its report on June 14, 2016, which was deliberated on by the board and recommendations submitted to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
According to him, the recommendations were approved on November 21. In the report, some students of the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State accused some randy lecturers of engaging in sex for marks.
For male students who desired to pass certain courses, they would need to pay cash or hire a lady for the lecturer to satisfy his (lecturer) sexual need, whereas a female student could offer herself. There is, however, limitation to paying cash. According to the report, the student may not exceed C grade. But an option of sex could earn a student an A.
“The better ones among the lecturers give us the option of paying by cash for the course or finding a lady who will sleep with them on our behalf before we can pass. Passing a course costs us between N10,000 and N20,000,” Alex, a Higher National Diploma student of the Department of Accountancy, was quoted in the publication