Only consistent, united campaign can address sexual harassment – ICPC chair

 The chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Matters (ICPC), Musa Adamu Aliyu, SAN, Tuesday  said only consistent, persistent, focused, and united campaign can ensure that the challenge of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.

 He stated this while giving an opening address at a national stakeholder’s engagement on sexual harassment and prevention in tertiary institutions held in Abuja.

 The engagement, which was convened by Gender Mobile, the ICPC and supported by the Ford Foundation, is geared towards a safe learning environment for the female gender in the country’s higher institutions, secondary and primary schools.

 At the engagement, all the stakeholders who spoke called for the implementation of the anti-sexual harassment policy.

 Others who spoke at the event were the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, Minister of Women Affairs, Barr Uju-Kennedy-Ohanenye, representative of the Ford Foundation, the Director General National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mallam Issa-Onilu, the Chairman House Committee on Civil Society among others.

 In his opening address at the programme, Aliyu noted that despite efforts by the commission to curb the societal malaise, sexual harassment is becoming more notorious in tertiary institutions and now rampant in primary and secondary schools.

The ICPC chair added: “the program underscored the need to encourage partnerships between the public and private sectors, especially civil society, to ensure that all hands are on deck to address the various societal ills, such as sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination, which according to him is threatening to tarnish the nation’s reputation.

 “Only a consistent, persistent, focused, and united campaign can ensure that the challenge of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions is decisively addressed.”