–Unizik Censors Internet Services to Curb Pornography –
Authorities of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik), Awka, have reportedly censored internet services in the university, to curb the viewing of pornographic videos.
A report published by punchng.com states that Prof Joseph Ahaneku, Vice Chancellor of the University, stated yesterday that, “More than 40 percent of the institution’s staff spend more time watching pornographic videos and other illicit films at work than doing the work for which they are employed”.
The Vice Chancellor reportedly said that he was able to monitor this development in offices on campus, from his computer.
According to the report, the Vice Chancellor stated that staff of the university had demanded computers to facilitate their jobs, only for them to use the computers for negative things.
Prof Ahaneku said when he visited the offices of staff, he noticed that rather than find them watching news programs to obtain good information, they were engrossed in watching illicit videos.
The Vice Chancellor reportedly said: “This is one reason we shutdown YouTube from the university’s resource centre. People should be made to be conscientious as well as do what they have been assigned to do and eschew indolence.
There have been a lot of abuses on facilities that, ordinarily, should aid staff in their jobs and as a result plans are underway to remove the televisions in central offices. Spending government time without doing what one is paid for is an act of corruption”.
However, the recent measure in Unizik seems to exempt those who may still view pornographic sites through their mobile phones rather than through computers and internet services supplied by the university.
According to a chart available to LinCornellah’s blog, Nnamdi Azikiwe University occupies the 25th position out of 111 universities, in the 2017 National Universities Commission (NUC) ranking of Nigeria’s universities.
This curiously implies that it is ahead of 75 universities where staff have not been publicly adjudged as frivolous and unchaste, in terms of time wastage and proper usage of internet services.
Meanwhile, Quality Assurance Units currently exist in most public universities in Nigeria. Those units are meant to promote excellence and prevent what has been reported about staff of Unizik.
- Cornelius Ellah
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