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Delta Poly Female Students Raise the Alarm Over Sexual Harassment

From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Allegations of sex for marks and other related activities are currently threatening academic activities in the Delta State-owned Polytechnic in Ogwashi Uku.

Though none of the male lecturers allegedly accused of the illicit and evil activities have been caught, it was gathered that the polytechnic is at present, enmeshed in the alleged sexual scandals.

It was gathered that female students, especially those in ND one courses and HND two finals, hardly pass any examination conducted by these alleged randy lecturers, unless they get sexual gratification from the students.

Rosemary Edeh, a HND finals student who spoke to newsmen in the area said: “A lecturer in my department, Mass Communication (name witheld) has been asking me out right from my HND one, and I refused, because of that he failed me. I begged him with N20,000 he refused and rather made love advances at me twice, with a promise to restore my marks. I am confused as many of my mates have graduated but I am still struggling to pass my examinations.”

Sources alleged that these randy male lecturers are often armed with condoms when coming to work and have their orgies in nearby hotels.

Some of the lecturers who spoke on the condition of anonymity however dismissed the allegations as frivolous and untrue, adding that the female students were out to destroy their careers.

Speaking to newsmen in the school, the Public Relations Officer,(PRO), Mr Manfred Oghen, said: “We have got several reports by our female students of male lecturers asking for sex for marks, and we have made recommendations to the school authorities to no avail, the cases are on the increase, and we are appealing to the management of the school to take bold steps to sack or bring the lecturers involved to book. It’s really an unfortunate

situation at present.”

Efforts to speak with the new rector of the polytechnic, Professor (Mrs) Stella Olishemiyeke was not successful as she was said to have travelled out of Ogwashi Uku when our correspondent called at her office, but the chairman, Board of Governing Council of the polytechnic, Dr Festus Okunbo, said no report of such has been reported to the management, adding” we will not treat such report with levity if it gets to us and it is established that the lecturers were culpable, the lecturers involved will be sacked. We cannot joke with such illicit activities.

“The administration of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has zero tolerance for illicit and fraudulent activities”, he said, and called on the female students sexually harrassed to report directly to his office for necessary action.

He said any lecturer found wanting or accused of sexual harrassment by the female students, and it is found to be true, will be disgraced and shown the way out.

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