The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, has suspended 15 members of staff over their alleged involvement in jobs, admission racketeering as well as sexual misconducts.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the institution, Dr. Okwun Omeaku, over the issue read, “No fewer than 15 members of staff have been suspended for their alleged involvement in job, admission racketeering, and sexual harassment.
The 15 staff are facing an investigative panel set up by the authorities over their roles in the various scandals they were reportedly involved in.
Dr. Okwun Omeaku said their suspension is a bold statement of the current university administration’s zero tolerance for corruption, misconduct and amoral behaviours among staff and students of the university.
“The administration will not fail to take decisive action on any staff or student whose action will drag the hallowed image of the university to the mire.
“The eagle is still watching and many people are on the radar.” Commenting on the development, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Charles Igwe, said there was no hiding place for any staff or student who hides under any guise to carry out activities that were capable of reducing the image of the university in the estimation of the right thinking members of the society.
Igwe said “We are determined to restore the values we are known for. We are ready to deal with lecturers and other staff who take pleasure in victimising students in any form.
“We thank God that the Nigerian Senate has mooted the idea of passing a legislation setting out a five-year jail term for anyone found to demand sexual gratification from students in our tertiary institutions. We are determined to fight the scourge here in UNN.
“We are also saying that anyone who calls herself a student here should learn to be decent in dressing. As for people who go round extorting money from unsuspecting members of public to offer them admission or employment, their time will soon be over.
“As I speak with you, the UNN, has suspended about 15 workers who were found to be in the habit of taking money from people to offer them employment or admission.
“We are going to use them as example for others to learn. It pains me when I hear that professors and Ph.D holders and workers of this great institution are involved in the scam. I will use this opportunity to advise those in the game to stop it.”
Furthermore, Igwe said that the university authorities had suspended four other staff for their lukewarm dispositions to duties adding that they could be sacked if they failed to give justifiable reasons for their actions.