- President Muhammadu Buhahari called for stricter punishment for sexual harassment offenders
- The president said any bill to amend the constitution in regards to sexual harassment will get his support
- Buhari said he was happy the Unilag incident has spurred reactions from lawmakers
President Muhammadu Buhari says that stricter laws are needed to prevent girls from being abused in schools across the country.
Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, October 11 said Buhari made his feelings known while reacting to the recent high profile revelation of sexual abuse cases in institutions of higher learning in the country,
He expressed delight that the incident, which exposed through under-cover news reporting at the University of Lagos, had spurred an amendment to the nation’s laws regarding the issue in the National Assembly.
President Buhari said such proposed amendments passed by the Legislature will get his support “as long as they conform to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The country must do more to address incidents of sexual violence, sexual abuses in our schools, discrimination, human trafficking and cultural practices that violate women’s rights.”
He urged law enforcement agencies and school administrators to take up such cases with every seriousness and ensure that perpetrators face the consequences of their actions.
“Survivors and their families must avoid cover up. They should be encouraged to come forth and report cases of abuses wherever and whenever they occur,” the President demanded.
Meanwhile, 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.”
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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.
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