- The bill seeking to protect students in tertiary institutions has been passed by the Senate
- Deputy Senate president, Omo-Agege, sponsored the bill alongside other 105 co-sponsors
- The bill seeks to prohibit sexual harassment in tertiary educational institutions and imposes stiff punitive measures on perpetrators
Trouble looms for randy lecturers and other sexual assaulters as the Nigerian Senate passed the bill seeking to protect students in tertiary institutions from sexual harassment.
The bill was read the third time in the Senate and passed on Tuesday, July 7.
"The Sexual Harassment Bill, 2020 (SB. 77) is read the THIRD time and PASSED," the Senate tweeted via its official Twitter account.
The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters connected therewith, Bill, 2020” was sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Senator Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other senators.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the sexual harassment prohibition bill pitched the Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
While YAF was in support of the bill, ASUU was proposing a review of existing laws on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions rather than formulating new ones.
ASUU national president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this at a public hearing in the Nigerian Senate on Monday, February 17, organised by the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters headed by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi from Ekiti state.
The bill had scaled 2nd reading at the Senate on in November 2019. It seeks to prohibit sexual harassment in tertiary educational institutions and imposes stiff punitive measures on perpetrators.
In her submission at the hearing, Executive Director of YAF, Dr Uduak Okon said that the independent prohibitions committee should be protected because it is the first point of redress for students.
Her words: “The committee is the first point of redress for students where cases of assault can be reported, it can be investigated and sanctions can happen.
“It is only when students are not happy that they can now take cases externally to high courts, but how many students can afford high courts.
“We have to ensure that we protect that committee so that it does what it is meant to do.
“This is not about lecturers. This is a menace. This bill is about those lecturers who are perpetrating these offences, identifying them and giving sanctions.
“They should instead see it as a situation for ASUU to clear their names and sanitise their reputation. ASUU has to stop feeling threatened by this bill.”
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