Sofadondo Advocacy Group, an NGO campaigning against Sex for Marks in Nigeria’s education system, has called for the overhauling of Nigeria’s higher institutions to discourage the practice.
The National Coordinator of the group, Mrs Hannah Etta, who is also a lecturer in one of the Nigerian Universities, made the call on Saturday in Abuja during the group’s 2nd National Conference.
Newsmen report that the theme of the conference is “Sex for marks and marks for sex: Establishing the change mantra for national growth and development”.
Etta said that the issue was like an Elephant in the room, where everybody knew that it was happening, but no one was talking about it.
She stated that the culture of silence had beclouded most Nigerian female University students, even some victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and called for a change in the system.
According to her, Sofadondo is an advocacy group that is out to advocate strongly against the menace of Sex for Marks, which amounts to injustice in the system.
The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, who was the speaker at the event, decried the rate of Sex for Marks in Nigerian Universities, adding that the menace was now rampant in the Nigerian institutions.
Omo-Agege who was represented at the event by Mr Patrick Okuneh, a legislative Aide to the Senate President, stated that his commitment to gender issues in bringing up effective legislation would not be distorted.
He called for renewed awareness drive to end the scourge of sexual harassment in Nigerian society.
According to him, the essence of University education is to expose students to new research and technology, encourage creative independent thoughts that could bring positive socioeconomic transformation in society, but the students are being exposed to another thing