Professor, assistant registrar, others axed over alleged sex for marks at FUPRE

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Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Authorities of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, ( FUPRE) Effurun in Delta state have axed five of its members of staff in  the alleged sex for marks in the institution as they been asked to leave the University system pending the completion of investigation on the allegation.

In a statement signed by the University Pro- Chancellor, Professor Shehu Zuru, a copy made available to Journalists in Asaba on Sunday, said that the resolutions were reached at the meeting of the Council, adding that it took the Council five months to conduct the investigations even as it is still ongoing and arrived at the decisions.

According to the statement,” Staffers were Confronted with hard Core video and pictorial evidence including marked money, though they pleaded for leniency, “ disclosing that the Council had a responsibility to discharge rather than fallen for emotions and sentiment.

The statement explained that the university was prepared to follow any further actions the lecturers might want to take adding that those affected were one Professor Adeyemi , a senior Assistant Registrar, Mrs Ivy Okonkwo and three lecturers whose names were withheld as the said Professor Adeyemi was involved in serious insubordination against the management of the University which earned him a demotion from the position of a Professor to a reader and banned from holding any office in the University for ten years.

The statement further disclosed that a lecturer , one Dr Ajayi was dismissed for alleged sexual harassment, money for grade, insubordination and fundamental breach of terms of his employment, adding that Mrs Okonkwo, a senior Assistant Registrar was demoted from her position to Assistant Registrar and banned from holding Office in the University for a Period of five years.

Meanwhile, Delta state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah has urged teachers in the state to brace up for effective service delivery by impacting positively on the students.

Chief Ukah who spoke to Journalists in Asaba on Sunday, said that the administration of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was irrevocably committed to ensuring a Conducive learning environment for students, adding that the state government would renovate various classroom blocks and Provide desks for Children and Particularly Called on the Coordinator of the National Teachers Institute (.NTI)  for Ovwie Local Government Area of the state to open the looked up Classrooms where they kept their Chairs at Urhobo College to enable the students and teachers access the classroom for their teaching and learning activities.

The Commissioner decried the poor learning environment for a private Secondary School, Future Leaders Academy, Enehere and reiterated his ministry’s resolve to carry out revalidation exercise for private schools and warned that the state government would not Comprised on Standards