Mamman Tahir, Education Minister

The minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman has vowed to deal decisively with members of the academia and the university community over matters of sexual harassment on campuses warning those involved in such acts to desist forthwith.

According to a statement made available to journalists by the Director Press and public relations FME Ben Bem Goong
The Minister gave the warning while addressing members of the press in his office in Abuja, when he received the report of the committee on alleged sexual harassment by Professor Cyril O. Ndifo, Dean, faculty of law of the University of Calabar.

The minister said, sexual harassment is a serious criminal offence and must be dealt with decisively, when and whenever it occurs, adding that the Federal Ministry of Education will do everything humanly possible to stem the ugly tide in our institutions of Learning.

Tahir noted that the offence of sexual harassment is cancerous and must be eliminated at all cost, adding that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace in our educational system.

Professor Mamman maintained that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is out to protect the vulnerable groups within the country’s educational system.

While reiterating that he will evoke the long arm of the law to ensure that perpetrators are adequately punished.

He added that no one will be allowed to take advantage of the vulnerable groups.

The Minister disclosed that sexual offenses units will be established in the Ministry and all institutions of Higher Learning to deal with the menace.

Earlier in the presentation of her report, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Banku Obi told the Minister that the university has followed all due processes in handling the matter including the suspension of the suspect, appropriate queries and setting up of a disciplinary committee to hear all parties.

In order to ensure a very high degree of transparency, the Vice-Chancellor said, the Public Complaint Commission, Nigeria Bar Association, the Federation of Female Lawyers, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Chief Judge of the Student’s Union High Court as well as seven civil society organizations were brought on board the committee as observers.