At least 45 percent of female students in Kano tertiary institutions have experienced kissing or any other form of unwanted physical contact by their lecturers or non academic staff, findings of a study have shown.
DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed by the Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) during a webinar organized on Monday by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in Kano.
The webinar was held under the theme “Knowledge Production Dialogue Series Between Knowledge Production and Body Abuse: Debating Sexual Harassment in Knowledge Production Centres Confirmation in Kano”.
According to the Executive Director of CAJA, Kabiru Saidu Dakta, the survey, which was conducted across universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the state, shows that 51.7 percent of female students have experienced “some form of assault, abuse or outright rape in the hands of their academic and non-academic staff of their institutions.”
”Outcome of the survey showed 45 percent physical touch or kiss by lecturers, 36 percent vocal request for sex from female students, 10 percent actual sex and 6 percent of rape. We also have percentages for cases of mutual resolution, no evidence to validate allegation and those on investigation,” Mr Dakata was quoted in a report by Nigerian Tracker.
The CAJA director also lamented the ineffective probes initiated to address cases of sexual harassment at the institutions.
Mr Dakata noted that male academic and non-academic staff often take advantage of female students who approach them for help to exploit them, by soliciting illicit relationships.
He explained that lack of appropriate channels through which victims can file complaints of sexual abuse and inadequate protection and weak law also embolden the perpetrators to continue their evil acts with impunity.
”Sexual assault and sometimes rape will continue in our higher institutions especially in Kano where we had our survey, for reasons I will advance. There is no proper and effective communication channel where student can safely report cases of assault.
”In some cases when the school authorities announced that we have set up a committee to look into an open case. You will realize the committee will take several months to wrap up their investigation and at the end of the day, is either the case is resolved amicably without justice or everything is buried.
”Also we find out that security in our schools is not very effective to secure female students. You will also realise that our legal instrument lack the strength to severely met our punishment against rapists, such that will serve as deterrent,” Mr Dakata added.