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The Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof AbdulRasheed Na’Allah has called on the students to report sexual harassment to the school management for necessary action.

He stated this in Abuja at a workshop on Gender Policy document for the Institution.

He said some staff had been laid off due to their involvement in sexual harassment and noted that the University has zero tolerance for such sexual activities.

Professor Na’Allah who was represented by Director, Centre for Gender Security Studies and Youth Advancement in the University, Prof Mabel Evwierhoma, urged the students comprising post graduates and under graduates to speak out when they are sexually harassed.

Also, the President of Change Managers International Network, a non-governmental organization, Mrs. Felicia Onibon called on tertiary institutions across the country to have operational gender policy.

She noted that official document on gender policy would go a long way to enable both gender concentrate on their studies.

According to Mrs. Onibon, only few tertiary institutions in Nigeria have operational gender policy for staff and students.

She called on National Universities Commission, NUC to compel tertiary Institutions to put in place a functional gender policy.

The Coordinator, Centre for Gender Security Studies and Youth advancement, University of Abuja, Prof. Rafatu Abdulhamid said zero tolerance on gender based violence would help the students concentrate on their studies.

“If the students have come here to learn to become better citizen, better leaders of tomorrow, so if these students are being violated, the aim of their parents bringing them to the University is being defeated”. Prof Abdulhamid stated.

She maintained that learning cannot take place amidst gender base violence and sexual harassment.

Post graduate and under graduate students at the event who lauded the management for the workshop, urged the female students to dress well while calling on lecturers to shun sex for marks.

Reporting by Adeniyi Bakare; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu