- Senate has begun the campaign against harassment of female in Nigeria through a bill
- The bill passed the first reading on Wednesday, October 9, at the Senate
- Ovie Omo-Agege, the sponsor of the bill, said he was convinced that it would bring an end to the menace
The bill to prevent incessant harassment of female students across the country on Wednesday, October 9, passed through first reading at the Senate.
Legit.ng reports that the bill, the sexual harassment bill, 2019 (SB. 77), sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, would criminalise anybody who oppresses or harasses women in Nigeria.
Omo-Agege said he was convinced that the unique student-educator relationship of authority, dependency and trust must not be violated.
Omo-Agege, however, noted that the educators owe a special fiduciary duty of care to students under their authority, who trust and depend on them to shape their future career paths.
"It must therefore be extremely offensive to a reasonable mind where an educator treats students as ‘perquisites’ of his office. As a father, it is an issue that I cannot just accept. It is a shame on our conscience as a people. We will stop it," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Boniface Igbeneghu, a lecturer at the UNILAG, was caught on camera harassing female student in exchange for offering admission.
The lecturer has since been suspended by the institution.
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