It is disheartening that weeks after this website blew the whistle on the activities of the sex-for-grade lecturers of Sokoto State polytechnic, no action has been taken by the state government or the school authorities.
Rather the new nauseating practice seems to be gaining more grounds because of the silence of the school’s authorities, which suggests their silent endorsement of the act.
It is unfortunate, that the authorities of the polytechnic have chosen to remain silent, an action that further confirmed my allegation of their complicity and incapability. The lecturers, under the protection of the people at the helm of affairs of the school, are still carrying out their evil acts with impunity.
I came to the conclusion that the lecturers are still raping and intimidating the female students after I met with Halima, the female student I interviewed before writing the first article. Halima said “though I have met with the head of department four times after my last meeting with you, nothing has been done to remedy the situation. The only sign of help came from a lecturer who intervened on my behalf, but later withdrew his offer of help because I refused his offer of intimate relationship.”
When I asked her what she planned to do next, she said ” I have decided to accept things the way they are, because the lecturer who caused my initial problem has threatened to see to it that I am withdrawn from the school.”
Halima’s case is just one out of thousands. The last article seems to have encouraged more victims of the sex-for-grade policy, to come forward with more disturbing revelations.
These revelations prompted the Northern wind magazine, which I represent, and other professional investigative journalist to dig deeper into the ungodly acts of the lecturers, the results of the investigation will no doubt bring to light the pain so many female students are going through in that school.
The report, which is at its completion stage, will say it all. We shall name names, show evidences such as recorded phone conversations, pictures and other related materials. We will also encourage the victims to come forward and testify against the lecturers, in the legal suit we are planning to institute in conjunction with some human right groups on behalf of the victims.
We are determined to use all legal and appropriate means to bring to an end the sex-for-grade policy of the Sokoto State Polytechnic.
I am using this medium to call on the authorities of the school to come out and make their position known. They should, as a matter of urgency, fish out the lecturers involved and hand them over for prosecution.
We are watching and waiting for action.
Amiru Adamu is an activist, writer and publisher of Northern Wind magazine.