Federal Ministry of Education To investigate Osifala allegations – The Federal Ministry of Education is setting up a panel to investigate claims of student molestation in Queens College, Lagos.
A parent had reported to a news website the allegations that the teacher, Mr. Olaseni Osifala had molested her child, leading to a mass outcry for justice on social media.
The school had previously stood by Osifala over the allegations, and now the panel, set up by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, will be tasked with bringing the truth to light.
The chairperson of the school’s Parents-Teacher Association, Mrs. Beatrice Akhetuame, revealed that the panel would have 2 weeks to complete its findings and present its report to the government.
“The PTA has received an invitation letter and so have all other concerned persons,” Akhetuame said in a press conference on Monday. “What we are now appealing for is for the woman who gave her daughter’s name as Chinenye Okoye to come forward and collect her own letter of invitation. The letter was left in my office. It was forwarded to us because the panel believes that the complainant is a member of the PTA.”
Akhetuame stated that the presence of the supposed victim would ensure speedy investigations on the issue.
She said, “I am the representative of parents of the college and therefore, I have the responsibility of defending the interest of parents, while the welfare of the pupils also falls on me. I am a mother of five girls; two of them are in this college. It will not be possible for me cover such incident up or do anything funny about it. I know what it means to train the girl-child and I dare say at all times, my attention is always focused on their activities or issues that concern them. We are happy that the panel is visiting and I pray that the truth behind the entire saga would be unraveled.”