Sexual harassment: UNIZIK begins installation of CCTV cameras

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has taken action against the increasing cases of sexual harassment on campus by installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.

The cameras will be placed in various offices of lecturers and other strategic locations throughout the university.

 

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The decision to install CCTV cameras comes as a response to the numerous allegations of sexual harassment that have plagued the institution.

 

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The university management aims to curb the misconduct of predatory lecturers.During a visit to the campus on Monday, our correspondent noticed that the installation process had already begun at the Faculty of Law.

 

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In recent weeks, the university management had announced the removal of several lecturers implicated in sexual harassment cases from their positions, while others were suspended pending further investigation.

She said, “The lecturers are claiming that the decision is an infringement on their privacy and a gross violation of their fundamental human rights to hold unhindered and uncensored discussions with their students.

“But the vice chancellor had insisted that there would be no going back on the plan and that discussions that should take place with students must not be in secret.

“The VC noted that lecturers were paid with taxpayers’ money and therefore the authorities should know or be privy to how lecturers discharge their formal duties.”

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Another employee in the school, who gave her name simply as Isioma, said, “We are in support of the installation of CCTV cameras. This will boost the confidence of the students as communications would no longer be shrouded in secrecy.”

When contacted on the development, the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor on Public Relations Matters and Special Duty, Dr Emma Ojukwu, confirmed that the CCTV cameras are a way of dealing with the issue of sexual harassment in the university.

Ojukwu said, “This is one of the methods to deal with the issue of sexual harassment in the university. The installation has commenced with the faculty of law.

“Other faculties are in the queue. There shall be a central control room to manage the equipment. There will also be a physical motorised patrol.

 

“The installation is being done in bits, faculty by faculty. Until it is finished, it may be difficult to know exactly the total cost of the equipment and how much this has cost the school.”

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