DELSU sacks 18 staff over sexual harassment, extortion

The Governing Council of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, has sacked 10 lecturers and eight non-teaching junior staffs for extortion, sexual harassment and gross misconduct, among others.

According to a statement signed by the university Registrar and Secretary to the University’s Senate, Daniel Urhibo, which was published on the school’s website, 17 other staff were warned for plagiarism.

Most of the 17 teaching staffs, who were reprimanded for Plagiarism, according to the statistics, were Readers in their various departments between the ranks of Assistant Lecturers to Senior Lecturers.

The decisions, the statement said, were taken based on recommendations made by the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) to the university’s Governing Council after the institution’s 101st regular meeting held on Friday, 18th August, 2017 at the university premises.

Urhibo said the workers were allegedly thoroughly investigated by the SSDC and appropriately sanctioned based on the gravity of the crimes committed.

Three senior officers from the Bursary Department were also among workers dismissed from the service of the institution.

For instance, the Chief Accountant of the institution, Mr. Henry Etaverho Onovwiemore, was shown the way out for allegedly absconding from his duty post since 29th October, 2012.

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Also, Mr. S.T. Orugboh, an Accountant II from the Bursary department, got his dismissal for also allegedly absconding from his duty post since October, 2012.

Not left out is the Provost of the Oleh Campus of DELSU, Prof. B.O. Okaba who is also of the Department of Political Science.

He would no longer hold any position in the university for a duration of 5 years, beginning from November 2015.

Another professor from the Department of Agric Economics and Extension, who’s also Dean, Post Graduate School, Mrs. O.D. Ogisi, was removed from her position and given a strong warning.

The statement included several other workers found guilty of one infractions or the other with appropriate sanctions following.

About seven married women were among the 54 workers investigated as contained in the circular.

However, two were discharged and acquitted.

For most of those whose appointments were terminated or who were dismissed from service, it took effect from November 15, 2017.

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