Sex For Grades: Sexually Transmitted Degree

In Morning Crossfire 2019-10-14 09:34:15
Sex For Grades: Sexually Transmitted Degree
Sex For Grades: Sexually Transmitted Degree

On Monday last week, a BBC's Africa Eye documentary titled Sex For Grades trended on social media in West Africa especially in Nigeria and Ghana attracting significant number of mentions and shares.

 

The documentary features three senior lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana. The Nigerian lecturer is Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the University of Lagos while the two lecturers from Ghana are Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor.

 

99.3 Nigeria Info Correspondent, Goodnews Ndukwe went out to the field and spoke with various ladies, some of whom shared their experiences. Some of the respondents were men and they had interesting things to say regarding lecturers seducing female students.

 

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BBC Africa Sex-For-Grades documentary is a year-long investigation on professors demanding sex from university students in West Africa.

 

The female Reporter had previously "experienced sexual harassment herself in her university years which led her to drop out and abandon career ambitions to work in medicine".

 

Since the exposé, many high profile women have spoken up on sexual harassment in universities; among them: Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (Ekiti State first lady), Ibim Smenitari (former MD of Niger Delta Development Commission-NDDC), Dakore Egbuson-Akande (Nollywood veteran), and others.

 

Also in reaction to Sex For Grades documentary last week, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari who came out with a statement just after the report broke said current situation, "simply has to change”.

 

She added that: "It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them. However, action has been prompted as Senate proposed a bill to prevent the sexual harassment of university students.

 

Nigerians tend to bring prayers into every situation in this part of the world. Some have said the academia needs an exorcism. Does that mean evil reigns among lecturers in the Nigerian higher institutions or why do they need deliverance?

 

Professor Stella says she doesn’t believe that the way girls dress is the cause of these sex for grades issue. “You are married with children, what should you be doing with girls the age of your daughter? They (lecturers) should have self-control. I think it is still existing because there is no known police document from the government and the universities. It there is a structure that says if you’re found doing this, the result will be this, then I think this issue can be dealt with. Having a structure in place could curb it or reduce it.”

 

How should the students be helped?

 

Stella goes on to say “we could create a hotline to which victims can raise alarm with the student identity being kept secret. So the student doesn’t have to leave a name, she could just get a code which can be used to identify her.”

 

Rotimi Sankore also bares his mind, saying that university lecturers can determine the future of students. But the suggestions that Okwuchime made regarding “some girls going to lecturers to bribe them with sex for grades. But he can’t use that as a defense. In my own experience, as a student leader, I had to engage ASUU’s help to engage some of their members who were harassing students and I was involved in four cases. ASUU made it difficult for them by saying if the students failed and an external examiner passed them, the lecturers would be in trouble. So they backed out.

 

“In the larger society, there’s an idea that women are commodities and it carries over into our universities. It is that kind of attitude that makes them to demand these from the ladies.”

 

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Studio Guests:

 

Professor Stella Odebode - Center for Human Rights & Gender Education University of Ibadan

 

Rotimi Sankore - Journalist, Policy &Development Expert

 

 

#SexForGrades: "SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DEGREE"

 

Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry), alongside Rotimi Sankore (@RotimiSankore)

 

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By Jude Chukwuemeka