From Mohammed Abdullahi, Keffi
In line with its determinations to fight and ensure zero tolerance to all forms of unethical conduct in the Nasarawa State’s University, the authorities of the institution has adopted a whistle-blowers policy to track down the perpetrators of those evil tendencies.
Speaking during the formal declaration of the war-against unethical conducts in the University, the Vice Chancellor Professor Sulaiman Bala Mohammed re-stated his strong determinations to fight the crime to a standstill so as to pave ways for making the University a world class in the 21st Century by instituting morality and decency.
The vice Chancellor stated that the knows that even though the perpetrators of these an ethical conduct would fight back, he is determined to defeat them hands down assuring however that the world will be fair, just and transparent as everything would be based on the time tested principle of the rule of law and there will be no sacred cow in the battle.
He stated that since all these are ethical conduct in the University were being perpetuated by a few members of the University community concerted efforts must be taken to stop these evil minded people before they destroy the University.
Prof. Mohammed however express his happiness to report that must of the University in Nigeria are confronting unethical conducts as just last week, the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria sacked close to sixteen lecturers on different allegations and two week later University of Calabar, demoted some lecturers in the same ground as such they are on the same page with these Universities.
Speaking about what constitutes unethical conducts in the University among the students, the vice chancellor explained that they include membership of secret cults, cheating in exam halls, not attending lectures, fighting and abusing, raping, indecent dressing, prostitution, bribing, drugs (cocaine, weeds and tramadol), harassing and intimidating colleagues and stealing. All these are major misconducts in our rules and regulations.
Similarly, among the academic staff, he said it includes not attending lectures regularly, not attending to student script and projects, selling of handouts and books, sexual harassment, marking of scripts by proxies, demanding for money to pass students, abusive languages in the class, appointment with students on unholy hours and place and failure to attend or coming late to departmental, faculty and University meeting.
He further stated that among the non-academic staff it also includes failure or collecting money to attend to students, keeping students on long quell, kickbacks on contracts, altering score, examination expo, lateness to office, using abusive language against students and colleagues sexual harassment, duping the University and carelessness with University properties and licking University decision.
All these unethical conducts will have to be stamped out of our system. For us to succeed, we must all cooperate. This is what this administration demands from the University community and the full detail of what constitute unethical practices in this University will be published by the information and protocol office.
On the steps taken by the University he stated that a committee against an ethical conduct has been set up and would report directly to the Vice Chancellor and the committee is empowered to investigate anybody that is implicated adding that the University has acquired two dedicated telephone lines that would enable the people report through text messages for an onward transmission to the disciplinary committee for appropriate penalty while the identity of the whistle blower would be accorded with confidentiality and protection.
Committing about the assessment of academic and non-academic staff by student Prof. Mohammed stated that the directory of quality assurance has been empowered to start the process of assessing the lecturer by students has all courses taught in the University would now be assess every semester while the directory of quality assurance is expected to publish the modality, adding that a disciplinary committee of the University comprising of people with proven integrity has been reconstructed.
In his remark the Director Quality Assurance of the University Prof. Maikano Ari outlined the steps to be taken in tacking the menace and assured his determinations in weeding out on ethical conduct in University.
Earlier in his welcome speech the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics Professor Olayemi Akinyemi stated that the motives behind the whistle-blower policy is to stamped out all forms of unethical conduct and put the University on the threshold if morality, and advised everybody in the university community to report though the dedicated telephone lines saying that “if you see something say something”.
Ourman reports that the occasion witnessed the delivery of solidarity speech from a Board Member of the ICPC, ASUU, NASUU and all other stakeholders of the University.