The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has indicated its readiness to cooperate with the St. George’s University in a sexual harassment allegation involving Dr. Francis Fakoya, a former lecturer at the institution.
The OAU, in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, on Monday described the allegation against Fakoya as ‘grievous.’
St. George’s University, a private international educational institution in Grenada, West Indies, said it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Fakoya.
The allegation was levelled against Fakoya sometime last week by a Facebook user, Funke Dezarn, who is believed to have studied at the OAU.
Olarewaju, in the statement, admitted that Fakoya was a former staff of the OAU, but denied that the OAU management had knowledge of the allegation.
The statement read, “The attention of the management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has been drawn to an allegation of sexual harassment, trending on social media, levelled against one Dr. Francis Andy Fakoya, a former lecturer in the Department of Anatomy of our university.
“Fakoya had left the services of the university about 15 years ago.
“The allegation against him, which purportedly occurred while still in the employment of the university, is considered by the management to be too grievous.
“We are prepared to fully cooperate with the Medical School of St. George’s University, Caribbean Island, the alleged victim(s), and or any other group, to fully investigate the allegation and get to the root of the matter.
“We wish to inform the general public, particularly the stakeholders in the education sector, that the Management of OAU has zero tolerance for any form of harassment, and most especially, sexual harassment, in whatever guise.
“The university also prides itself in having one of the best established Centre for Gender and Policy Studies in the world.
“Our students and staff are hereby encouraged to report any form of sexual, material or financial harassment to the university management or to the Centre for Gender and Policy Studies, which is technically and administratively saddled with the responsibility of fighting sexual abuse and gender discrimination, for immediate action.”
– Punch Newspaper