Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo has joined the reverberations across the globe, protesting discrimination, violence and its effects on girls and women, to say no to gender violence and other social vices against women folks on its campus on Thursday.
Speaking at a campaign organized to sensitize members of the College community on the need to join hands to combat gender related crimes targeted at female students of the institution, Director, Gender and Sustainable Development Studies, Dr. Mrs. Martina Chinelo Onuegbu said, "The threat is at all-high level."
The director urged the members of the campus community to join the global community to say no to rape, sexual harassment and intimidation of female students, stating that rape carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for offenders.
"Let by gone be by gone. All those who had indulged in these acts in the past should desist from them henceforth as any staff or students caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law," Onuegbu maintained.
The gender expert hinted that her directorate had put in place mechanism for reporting any sexual harassment and intimidation of female students in the College, noting that there are two spy groups monitoring activities related to sexual harassment and intimidation.
She stated that the campaign became necessary following increased reported cases of rape, sexual harassment, ritual killing, fraud, cultism, drug abuse, yahoo yahoo and yahoo plus actitivities target at female students of tertiary institutions across the country.
"Students are advised to watch who they are friends with, avoid walking late in the night and report any case of suspicious move around you directly to the Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Studies, Counselling and Human Development Centre, Division of Student Affairs or the Student Union Government," she warned.
She provided participants at the campaign the following help lines, in flyers, to call in case they feel threatened by any potential predators: 0808 334 7565, 0902 883 6155, 0803 588 2470, maintaining that help would surely come their way.
The campaign train moved from the Quadrangle to the Isyaku Kabir Administrative Complex housing the Council Chamber and the Provost's Office, where the Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Olaniyi Olaluwoye and the Student Union Government President, Mr. Taofeek Bidemi Zubair addressed the gathering.
The rally which started at 9:40 Nigerian time, moved round the length and breadth of the campus located in Ondo City.
Zubair urged students to report any cases of cyber crimes capable of tarnishing the image of the College to the Division of Student Affairs for further necessary actions, saying that his administration was poised to make the campus and its environs safe for all students, especially females.
Earlier, the Dean of Student Affairs had said that he was perturbed by the rising ugly incidents where some unscrupulous elements harass, intimidate and rape females in tertiary institutions across the globe.
While condemning the despicable acts, Olaluwoye pointed out that female students should beware of having relationship that could ruin their lives and destinies. He commended the provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen, for approving the sensitization exercise to enlighten staff and students on the need to say no to all forms of vices on the campus.
The head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mrs. Oluseto Olatuyi, who was part of the train, assured that adequate publicity would be given to the campaign online and in the dailies to ensure the message is passed across to the target audience.
The sensitization campaign was organized by Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Studies in conjunction with the Counselling and Human Development Centre, the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Union Government of the College.
Present at the rally were: Dean, Student Affairs, Mr. Olaniyi Olaluwoye; Director, Gender and Sustainable Development Studies, Dr. Mrs. Martina Onuegbu; Acting Director, Counselling and Human Development Centre, Dr. Mrs. Caroline Obasoro; Vice Dean, Student Affairs, Mr. Olukayode Akinola and; Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs, Mr. Felix Ajayi.
Others were: Deputy Registrar, Division of General Administration, Mrs. Veronica Akpe; Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mrs. Oluseto Olatuyi; Senior Assistant Registrar, Information and Public Relations Unit, Paul Adeagbo; President, Student Union Government, Mr. Taofeek Bidemi Zubair, staff and other student union officers.