Ebonyi State Government, weekend, called on the management of Ebonyi State University, EBSU, to dismiss or prosecute any lecturer found guilty of sexually harassing students of the institution.
At a briefing, Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr. Chike Onwe said that such measure would enhance discipline in the institution as well as serve as deterrent to lecturers who would like to engage in such illicit act.
Chike who noted that the university community was not a place for immorality but for human capacity development, stressed that the state government would no longer tolerate acts of exploitation including illegal sales of handouts, absenteeism and other sharp practices among staff of the university.
The Commissioner for Information pointed out that the state government had put modalities in place to ensure that EBSU was upgraded to a world class citadel of learning. He added that the institution had been advised to reduce its number of faculties to seven, and thirty-five departments as admission into the next academic session would be through merit, among other factors.
According to him, the 2013 budget estimate which would be presented before the State House of Assembly in November, would among other areas focus on completion of all ongoing projects in the three senatorial zones and ensure judicious expenditure of funds in every sector of the state.
“The management of the university has been advised to reduce the departments to a maximum of 35. The departments should be relevant to the needs of the state and society. We want to ensure that every department in EBSU have requisite man power base including the number of Professors as approved by the NUC. No admission should be done outside the approved faculties.
“Council directs that staff of the University who are found guilty of disobedient to authorities, extortion of money or even sexual harassment are be summarily dismissed and in some case face
prosecution which would serve as deterrent to others who would want to engage in such act.”