By Ikeugonna Eleke
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, has applied varying degrees of sanctions on staff of the institution for some degrees of misconduct.
The institution sacked and suspended lecturers and other categories of workers in the institution, including students, after the recommendation of a panel set up by the management of the institution.
The Senate of the institution had only recently warned against sexual harassment, threatening to sanction those found culpable for such acts.
A press release by Dr Emma Ojukwu, the Special Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University on Public Relations and Special Duties, revealed that a priest, three lecturers and students were involved.
Ojukwu said: ‘The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has taken disciplinary actions against the following staff and students for various offences.
‘Principal Executive Officer 11, abandoned his duty post for a considerable length of time. As a result, he was indicted for gross misconduct and suspended from duty for six months to serve as a deterrent to other officers.
‘Senior Executive Officer was indicted for fraudulent financial transaction concerning the University. She was suspended for six months on half salary.
‘A priest and another were both accused of aiding and abetting examination misconduct after collecting gratification from students.
‘One lecturer was indicted for clearing and graduating a student who had 12 outstanding courses.’
He said the panel recommended that the lecturer be dismissed from the services of the university, while the result should be withdrawn and further credentials such as certificates and transcripts should not be issued.
Ojukwu however failed to disclose the names of the sanctioned staff.