Thursday, March 17, 2016 3:42 pm
University of Ibadan vice chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, gave newly admitted female students of the university chilling hints of the dangers that lurk on campus, the presence of sexual predators and sexual harassers.
He therefore gave the female students some rules. Rule 101: never walk alone especially at night. Rule 202 is that they should report cases of sexual harassment.
Olayinka gave the fatherly advice today at the matriculation of 4,008 students admitted for the 2015/ 2016 academic year.
“Female students should avoid walking alone in isolated areas, especially at night. In fact, let me inform you that the university has a Sexual Harassment policy and a Gender Policy. I want to also advise you to go through these documents which are available on the university web site and at the University Gender Mainstreaming Office.
”Please report any act of sexual harassment against you at this office. Should you have any inclination that you are being lured or being harassed, do not hesitate to speak out. This is the only way by which you can release yourself from the bondage of the oppressors or cultists because your silence under such harassment will be a serious distortion to your human person and by extension, your academic studies.
”To this end, you should promptly approach the Director of the Centre for Social Orientation (CenSO), or any other member of the Committee whose names can be obtained from the Students Affairs Division. You may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students, Hall Wardens, your Head of Department or even the Dean of your Faculty.
”You should not rely on the advice of your friends on such a serious matter as this but rather consult the relevant officers for counselling and assistance”.