Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State has dismissed another lecturer, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts, for alleged sexual harassment.
Mosobalaje was found guilty of sexual demeanour against a female student of the University, according to the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju.
The decision was part of its commitment to rid the University of any form of sexual intimidation, harassment and, or coercion of female students by the lecturers.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, in a statement made available to journalists Tuesday, noted that the decision to dismiss the lecturer, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje of the Department of English Language in the Faculty of Arts, was taken by the University’s Council at its last meeting, of Tuesday, September 7 chaired by Owelle Oscar Udoji.
Part of the report: “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 for sexual harassment in any form or guise and, accordingly, applied the appropriate university extant law and sanctions for such an offence as contained in the University regulations.
“It will be recalled that almost two weeks ago, the university management formally inaugurated an anti-sexual harassment policy, where the the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, and the wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola presented papers, while a former Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Prof. Yemisi Obilade was the main speaker.
“At several fora, the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to uphold the zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and other social vices”, the statement said.