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Women groups raise alarm over sexual harassment in varsities

By SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN— FEMALE-child rights groups in Edo State, yesterday, lamented what they described as disturbing cases of sexual harassment suffered by female students in Nigerian universities and polytechnics in the hands of lecturers.

The groups advocated laws to check the problem they described as embarrassing.

The Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Agatha Eguavoen, called on relevant authorities to include character-moulding subjects in the country’s school curriculum from the early stages.

They noted that while the process of character reformation could take time to achieve, starting the process itself had become unavoidable.

Speaking during the inauguration of Campaign Against Sexual Harassment in Benin, CASH, the Initiator, Dr. Rosaline Okosun, bemoaned the role of university lecturers in the upbringing of undergraduates, male and female, placed in their care.

Okosun, in a paper she presented at the event, commended the role of the media in the fight against sexual harassment in Nigeria’s ivory towers, and accused lecturers of making lives unbearable for undergraduates, through unbearable demands.


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