The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday reintroduced the sexual harassment prohibition bill which seeks to prevent sexual harassment of students in universities.
This comes 48 hours after BBC Africa Eye released an investigative documentary exposé which implicated the 4 lecturers in two of the top Universities in West Africa; University of Lagos, Nigeria and University of Ghana.
The deputy president of Nigerian Senate Ovie Omo-Agege hopes that the exposé by the BBC Africa Eye team will help accelerate the passage of the bill into law.
The bill prescribes a five to fourteen-year jail term for any teaching staff who engages in a sexual relationship with their students.
This is not the first time this bill has been presented before the senate. In 2016, the senate was unable to pass the bill because it failed to get support from the house of representatives who felt it did not cover other areas of society.
Senator Omo-Agege added that as a father, sexual harassment in universities is an issue he cannot accept.
If the bill is eventually passed, it would be illegal for lecturers to make sexual advances towards their students.
Former senate president, Bukola Saraki on Monday asked the national assembly to revisit the bill in order to bring change into the tertiary institutions.
In 2016, my colleagues and I in the 8th Senate passed the “Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition Bill” to prescribe a 5 year jail term for any lecturer, educationist or person in a position of authority in any tertiary institution in Nigeria found…
— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 7, 2019
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