Harassment bill: 1,700 people sign an online petition to NASS

Harassment bill: 1,700 people sign an online petition to NASS

- Sexual harassment bill before the National Assembly has received a huge boost as 1,700 people signed an online petition to fast track the bill

- According to the organisers, the idea of the campaign was to get one million people to sign the petition

- Going further, the organisation accused male lecturers of blackmailing, forcing, intimidating and demanding sex from their female students

A total of 1,700 people have signed an online petition with an NGO, Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI) to fast track the passage of the Sexual Harassment Bill before the National Assembly.

The founder of the organisation, Ike Onyechere, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, November 18.

According to Onyechere, 56 per cent of the petitioners are women, while 44 per cent are men.

He said the objective of the NO-TO-SEX-FOR-GRADE campaign was to get one million people to sign the petition to the National Assembly.

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“1,700 change agents have signed the online petition to Nigeria’s National Assembly to fast track action on the passage of the sexual harassment in educational institutions prohibition bill as at Monday, November 18."

Going further, he accused male lecturers of blackmailing, forcing, intimidating and demanding sex from their female students as a condition for awarding them pass marks in their courses.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that a former vice-chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state, Professor Charles Ayo, said indecent dressing, indiscipline and lack of fear of God are the major factors contributing to the incessant cases of sex-for-grades in Nigeria's tertiary institutions.

Professor Ayo made his position known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, October 8, following the sex-for-grades scandal that rocked the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

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