Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state and senate minority leader, has lamented the moral decadence in Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Speaking on Tuesday during the screening of Isaac Adewole, the ministerial nominee from Osun state, Akpabio said members of the upper legislative chamber are worried by the sex-for-marks syndrome in Nigerian universities.
“In Nigerian universities today, many female students don’t go to class because they know that they will end up sorting,” he said.
“The issue of sex-for-marks is very prevalent in Nigerian universities, which is the reason why most of the senators you see here, their female children are not in Nigeria because they do not want lecturers to ask them for sex in favour of marks.
“If you end up as a minister, as a member of the federal executive council, how will you advise the federal government to address the issue of ‘national sorting’? The issue is very disturbing.”
His question elicited laughter from some of his colleagues, who cheered him.
In his response, Adewole addressed virtually all the questions raised by the lawmaker but did not utter a word on Akpabio’s last question.
Adewole is currently the vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan.