The presidency has pledged to address incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against female undergraduates through sanctions, such as suspension, expulsion, and legal prosecution. Sunday Asefon, the Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu on Student Engagement, made this commitment during an event commemorating the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, an annual global campaign aimed at eradicating violence against women,leadership reports.
Asefon highlighted the persistent problem of GBV in Nigerian tertiary institutions, emphasizing its detrimental impact on academic and personal development. He acknowledged the prevalence of GBV against female undergraduates, along with widespread allegations of sex-for-marks in some educational institutions. Asefon assured stakeholders that urgent collaborative efforts were underway to combat this issue.
Expressing a commitment to holding perpetrators accountable, Asefon emphasized the implementation of punitive measures such as suspension, expulsion, and legal action against those involved in GBV. He also assured Nigerian students that the president would endorse a bill criminalizing the neglect or failure of administrative heads in tertiary institutions to address sexual harassment complaints.