By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
President of the One Love Foundation, Patrick Eholor, has charged the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Lilian Salami, to reach out to the federal government and give it a true picture of the financial status of the institution.
“I hope that she is able to reach out to the federal government and let it know the truth about the financial status of the institution. The University is indebted.
“She should reach out to the government to either fund the school or close it because she cannot run the school alone.”
According to him Salami’s appointment is a big boost to the women folk especially in the light of recent comments by notable individuals that the place of women is the kitchen.
“She has proven this wrong. She is a strength to the women. I want to salute her courage and I want her to walk the talk.”
Going further, he stated that in the days of yore the University of Benin was listed as one of the best in the world comparable to other notable universities like Harvard and McGee.
This according to him is in the past as corruption has eaten deep into the education system in the country.
“Corruption is a battle that we all must fight vigorously. President Muhammadu Buhari has said that if we don’t kill corruption it will kill us.
“My wish is that we can kill corruption by any possible means. So that we can remain patriotic to the country. But unfortunately our leaders have not been able to fight it,” he asserted.
On the issue of sex for grade, he advised the institution to set up a disciplinary committee where girls can go and report threats of sexual abuse.
Such a committee he stated should have the mandate of taking far reaching decisions like sacking of indicted lecturers and not paying their gratuities.