Senate mulls five years jail term for lecturers who harass students

Senate mulls five years jail term for lecturers who harass students

- The Senate is debating slamming a five-year jail term on any lecturer convicted of sexual impropriety in public schools

- It should be noted that the bill was first introduced during the 8th National Assembly and dumped because it could not get presidential approval

- Some of the senators who stood against the bill said that it should not only be targeted against lecturers but at everybody convicted of the crime

The Senate on Wednesday, October 9, went back to the sexual harassment bill which was sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) and passed by the 8th Senate.

Legit.ng reports that the bill seeks a five-year jail term and five million naira fine for lecturers convicted for sexually harassing male or female students.

The bill specifically states that an educator will be “guilty of committing an offence of sexual harassment against a student if he/she has sexual intercourse with a student who is less than 18 years of age; has sexual intercourse with a student or demands sex from a student or a prospective student as a condition to study in an institution, or as a condition to the giving of a passing grade or the granting of honour and scholarships.”

The bill also said that in the case that any is guilty of the act, he will be be sentenced for up to five-year jail term, but will not be less than two years.

The bill, however, was given a big blow as it was not given presidential assent after its passage by the 8th Senate.

It should be noted that lawmakers who were against its passage said the bill should not only be targeted at university lecturers but should bear on anybody who commits the act.

The reintroduction of the bill was sponsored by the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Some of the other bills that were up for consideration are: Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Babba Kaita Ahmad (APC, Katsina North); Modibo Adama University of Technology Bill, 2019, by Senator Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru (Adamawa Central); National Rice Development Council Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Muhammad Enagi Bima (APC, Niger South), and National Health Insurance Commission Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central).

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the bill to prevent incessant harassment of female students across the country on Wednesday, October 9, passed through first reading at the Senate.

It was gathered 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.

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