ASUU says sexual harassment bill is targeted at lecturers

ASUU says sexual harassment bill is targeted at lecturers

- The ASUU has alleged that the sexual harassment bill recently passed by the National Assembly is targeted at university lecturers

- The statement was made by Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of ASUU

- Ogunyemi said there were already laws in the country that addressed issues of sexual harassment

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has alleged that the sexual harassment rape recently passed by the National Assembly is targeted at university lecturers.

ASUU says sexual harassment bill is targeted at lecturers

Ogunyemi said there were already laws in the country that addressed issues of sexual harassment. Photo credits: Pulse.ng
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Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of ASUU made the statement on Monday, July 13, at town hall meeting in Jos, Plateau state, The Nation reported.

He said male lecturer may decide not to teach female students due to the bill

“We don’t want a situation, where male lecturers will begin to say they don’t want to teach female students, because they say we should not smile to female students,” Ogunyemi said.

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The lecturer said there were already laws in the country that addressed issues of sexual harassment

He also pointed out that the provisions of the bill excluded protection of for male students

The ASUU leader said the union is concerned by the fact that the debate of the legislators was focused on the higher institutions, thereby making lecturers look like potential criminals.

Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Senate passed the bill seeking to protect students in tertiary institutions from sexual harassment for the third time 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.

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Meanwhile, amid the ongoing pressure on the federal government, ASUU has warned against the reopening of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country.

Speaking on Monday, June 29, ASUU national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, submitted that the federal government needed to address the challenges of the education sector before it can consider reopening of schools across the country.

Ogunyemi urged the government to provide an ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening the various education centres and higher institutions.

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