Story By Akinola Emmanuel, Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Few hours after a report of alleged sexual harassment by a lecturer at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) by Nigeria Alert News, the University management has suspended the lecturer Dr. Desen Mbachaga.
Mbachaga was, until his suspension, an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.
A statement by the Chief Information Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Foluso Ogunmodede, said Mbachaga’s suspension came after a panel set up by the institution to probe the alleged sexual harassment found a prima facie evidence against him.
“However, the suspension which was with immediate effect would pave the way for a five-member Committee set up by the Vice-Chancellor to further probe the allegation with a view to getting to the root of the allegation of sexual harassment against the embattled lecturer.
“The Vice-Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina, who has zero tolerance for indiscipline and any form of sexual harassment against students of the Institution, has consequently approved the suspension of Dr. Mbachaga to allow for proper investigation into the matter.
“Besides, the VC has also mandated the Dean Faculty of Arts, Prof. Tajudeen Opoola to conduct proper investigation into another allegation of sexual harassment against another lecture in the same department and submit a report in due time for necessary actions.
“The current management of the University will do its best to clean the system of all social vices.”
While reacting to the step taken, some members of staff have commended the vice chancellor for the timely decision to save the University from untold embarrassment occasioned by Mbachaga.
They described the vice chancellor as a true leader who must be supported by the University community to take it to its enviable height.