The spate of prostitution by Nigeria female undergraduates has been decried by a University professor who has warned of the imminent dangers of the nation being at the peril of low quality of education, demeaning nation’s social values as well as low qualities of producing leadership for the nation.
According to Professor Elizabeth Balogun, a lecturer at the Bio-Chemistry Department of University of Ilorin, there was urgent need for concerted efforts by government, education authorities, corporate organizations and religious bodies to curb the dangerous trend.
Prof. Balogun, was speaking at a public lecture held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to mark the 31st anniversary of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
Balogun said prostitution had become rampant on Nigerian campuses to such an extent that 80 percent of prostitutes that patronise night clubs, hotels and tourist centers in Ogun State and across the country are students of tertiary institutions.
The lecture titled: “Prostitution on our campuses: Effects and solutions,” had in attendance the Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Tola Banjo; Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Ayobami Omiyale; Umar Tanko of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Professor Joseph Olusanya.
Balogun described as disheartening the current situation where prostitution, which used to be a vocation for independent adult ladies in brothels and back alleys, had spread to tertiary institutions in the country.
According to her, the rising wave of prostitution among female undergraduates has become worrisome.
She lamented that sex trade nowadays thrive on the campuses alongside robbery, drug-peddling, cultism and internet scam.
The guest speaker, who expressed regret that the scourge of HIV/AIDS and the menace of ritual killers that find easy prey among prostitutes have failed to curb the act, noted that the practice will in the long run corrupt the quality of the nation’s future leaders.
She said, “It is absurd to the level that young undergraduate lady would leave normal academic chores of attending lectures and visiting libraries for further studies during the day, only to metamorphose in the evening into a call-girl or pimp.
She stressed that the menace now ranked higher than other social vices, including cultism on campuses of the nation’s higher institutions.
Balogun, a Biochemistry teacher at the University of Ilorin, said some of the campus prostitutes had become so shameless and bold that they leave “their profile, photo albums and phone contacts with hotel operators near their campuses for calls whenever ‘suitors’ demand their illicit services.”
She stated that the majority of the students was initiated into the trade following their membership of cult groups like the Black Bra and Pink Ladies.
She said, “There is no doubt that prostitution in the long run corrupts the quality of the nation’s future leaders and affects their values. Understanding that young females constitute an appreciable percentage of the nation’s population, little could be expected from them productively if they had been turned into cheap sexual machines, with warped self-esteem and self-actualisation“.
She added: “Almost all tertiary institutions either public or privately-owned, have representation in the category of these women of easy virtues. Statistics show that more female students are brazenly joining the train; they are increasing on daily basis, as
investigation conducted recently revealed that many ladies are being encouraged and initiated by their friends.”
“Inordinate desire for affluence and desperation by many Nigerians, especially ladies lure them to engage in immoral and illicit activities, despite high levels of religiousness which Nigerians overtly demonstrate. Even the present scourge of HIV/AIDS and the menace of ritual killers that find easy prey among prostitutes, have not been strong enough to curb the rising trend of the practice.”
As part of measures to reduce prostitution on campuses, Professor Balogun called on the government to improve funding of the education sector in order to drastically reduce cost of attaining higher education.