By Ayo Ajayi
Yaba College of Technology scored another first on Wednesday as it unveiled the first-ever Art Museum by any higher institution in Nigeria.
The College also launched its policy against Sexual Harassment and other forms of Gender-Based Violence with an art exhibition titled, “All in the Eye.”
The Rector of the college, Engineer Obafemi Omokungbe in his address at the event noted that the Art Museum would serve both cultural and educational purposes, with the intent to teach, train and be a resource space for both researchers and learners.
The Museum, he said, would also hold an advocacy interest against sexual harassment and gender-based violence within and beyond the college, “The launch of YCT policy on Sexual Harassment and other Forms of Gender-Based Violence is a reaffirmation of our commitment to eliminate and prevent gender-based violence in our environment.
“With a zero-tolerance for sexual harassment in the college, it is only right that we take necessary steps for its sustenance. This is definitely a special and important day for such a reaffirmation to be made as today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We crown the day by showing the world the steps we are undertaking to eliminate sexual harassment and all forms of gender-based violence in the college,” he said.
Omokungbe appreciated the Ford Foundation for its support through the award of a grant of One Hundred Thousand dollars ($100, 000) for the project while calling on other private and public organisations to emulate the gesture.
Also speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, called on the management of the institution to explore collaborative synergy with the state government such that the Art Museum would be put to good use.
On sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence, the Commissioner said that the state government was putting several mechanisms in place to drastically reduce the trend and would appreciate any initiative that would further increase public knowledge about the trend.
Guests from all walks of life were guided through the sexual harassment and gender-based violence art exhibition and the museum by the Rector and other management teams of the college.