The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has established Vetting, Sexual Harassment and Ethical Orientation Centre, with a former Deputy Chief Safety Officer (DCSO) at the University Safety Unit, Alhaji Taiwo Hanbali Abdulraheem, as Acting Director.
Abdulraheem’s appointment, which took immediate effect, was approved by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah.
Dated February 16, 2018, the appointment letter was signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar, Mohammed Ibrahim Shiya, on behalf of the Registrar, Mr. Surajudeen Oyebode.
The new Centre has three units, including Vetting, Sexual Harassment, and Victim Support. It is, among others, saddled with the responsibility of vetting credentials of staff and students, especially those seeking employment, and admission, with a view to ensuring that qualified staff and students are recruited with genuine certificates.
The Centre’s roles also include investigating all cases of sexual harassment between lecturers and students, as well as other unethical behaviours; investigating cases of falsification of results/grades; and providing victim support services.
It is also to provide adequate orientation for students on regular basis, and vet results and state of origins of prospective students.
In an electronic message announcing the birth of the Centre to the University Community, the Vice-Chancellor said the initiative became necessary if the University motto of "skills and integrity" must be strongly upheld.
He stated that the University would reach out to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) “to train the Centre staff and give other kinds of support to the University and the Centre in this very difficult assignment.
Please let us raise the bar of decency, honesty and love for all KWASU staff and students, and let us respect ourselves, be courteous to each other always and love our University and protect its laws and properties.”
The Acting Director of the Centre is a one-time Police Community Officer 1 with the British Transport Police in the United Kingdom. Prior to that, he had served as Senior Security Officer attached to the United Kingdom Passport Office.
Abdulraheem, who hails from Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, obtained a B.ED degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1986; and M.ED in Counselling from International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998, among other qualifications.
While in the United Kingdom, he attended Police Staff Personal Safety Refresher Course; Intelligence Gathering Course 2006; Leadership Training by the National Police Leadership Centre; and a host of other security and intelligence training programmes.
He belongs to several professional organisations, prominent of which is the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators based in the United States of America (USA).
Abdulraheem is also a Fellow, Centre for Crisis Prevention and Peace Advocacy based in Abuja, among others.