OAU Sex Scandal: This LASU Lecturer Is Not Happy
Prof. Richard Akindele of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has become very well known, unfortunately for his “Sex-for-mark’’ scandal.
And other university’s lecturers are not happy because they believe this scandal is a collective damage to the academic community.
A lecturer of Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the Lagos State University (LASU), Dr Olawale Lawal, is equally concerned and says the best thing for them is to ensure that such a thing does not happen again.
Lawal advised lecturers to help maintain the standards of university education by shunning undeserved gratification to students.
“Bargaining for marks through money or sex calls for serious scrutiny and is highly condemnable, because it mortgages the standard and quality of our universities.
“If we mortgage standards, then the certificates we issue will be devalued and the graduates we produce, whether doctors, lawyers or engineers, will be half-baked and pose dangers to our societies,’’ he said.
He, then, advised students having similar issues with their lecturers to exploit the university disciplinary system rather than sensationalising such issues through the social media.
“Issues such as sexual harassment in the university are better handled through the university administrative system, and no university will tolerate such from its academic staff.
“Now, the issue has been made public and the lecturer cannot escape unscathed; but even the student will bear a moral burden.
“It will take some effort to rebuild the image and reputation of that university afterwards," he said.