A lecturer has been dismissed, while 10 other lecturers have been suspended at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, over the allegation of demanding cash or sex for grades from desperate students.

A lecturer has been dismissed, while 10 other lecturers have been suspended at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, over the allegation of demanding cash or sex for grades from desperate students.

The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen at the institution.

Ndimele did not give details of the lecturers sanctioned by the university.

The Vice Chancellor demanded the university be rebranded as an omnibus one, with the tag, education, deleted from its name.

He said the present name tends to limit the degree and certificates awarded by the institution.

To encourage excellence in academic performance among students, the VC said “We will give N1m to any student who has a CGPA of 4 points in our next graduation.”

He disclosed the institution got a cash donation of N300m from Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the General Overseer of Salvation Ministry, to build 100-room hostel.

He said the project is 80% completed, and will be commissioned in December this year.

Prof Ozo Ndimele also disclosed that the management had completed an amphi-theatre for the Department of Theatre arts.

“We are the only school that has classrooms for Masters and PHD students. And we operate partnership with foreign schools. “You can get the certificates in 2 years,” the VC said.

Recall that, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Rivers State University and the University of Port Harcourt, Choba, have said they would not shield any lecturer found culpable of corrupt practices or sexual harassment of students in their institutions.

ASUU Chairman at the RSU, Dr. Emmanuel Ekwuolo, stated this while speaking on the sex-for-grade undercover video released by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), recently.

Ekwuolo advised students of the university with evidence of corrupt practices or sexual harassment by any lecturer to submit same to him.

“There are things that can be determined and some of the persons dismissed. But most importantly, it is for us to encourage those students who are victims to report the matter.

Similarly, the ASUU Chairman at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Austen Sado, challenged students in the institution to submit evidence of sexual harassment against any lecturer, promising to help them get justice.

He recalled that lecturers found to have committed one infraction or the other in the past were disciplined for acts such as ‘extortion and people doing more than one job,” noting that “the union is fighting to expose it.”