Vice-chancellor, Caleb University, Prof. Ayandiji Aina, has commended the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) for sacking a lecturer, Prof. Richard Akindele, who was found guilty of sex for mark scandal. He gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday. He said the punishment will serve as a warning to those who indulge in such act. According to Prof. Aina, “OAU did the right thing by sacking the Professor involved in the scandal.
“In fact, they should have done it faster because if it was in the private university it will not take that long,” he stated.
The Governing council of OAU on June 20 dismissed the Prof. for gross misconduct having been found guilty of the allegations levied against him.
NAN had reported that a viral video of a sex-for-mark scandal of Prof. Richard Akindele of OAU was on April 10 posted on the social media by a masters degree student of the institution, Miss Monica Osagie. The lecturer had in the audio demanded sex with the student five times in order to upgrade her score from 33 percent to a pass grade in a course.
The VC said every institution should be bounded by its own philosophy and anyone that can’t abide to it should be flushed out. He said this because institutions were expected to graduate students who have been found good in learning and character.
“At Caleb University, one of our hallmarks is sound character both for the lecturers , non-academics and students and our lecturers do not compromise on that.
“During graduation, we say we graduate students who have been found fit in learning and character, so anyone who cannot dispense good character should close shop.
“We actually care less about what is happening elsewhere because that is not our university though they are giving us bad image.
“What we do is to focus on getting the best for our university so as to become role models and attract positive influence,” he said.
Olamide George is a graduate of Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabajo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State Nigeria; she writes and reports for Campusbiz Journal. Reach me via email@example.com