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Senate Passes Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill

The Senate on Tuesday passed the bill on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions after reading it for the third time.

 

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The bill titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress Sexual Harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters concerned therewith, 2019’, was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President,. Ovie Omo-Agege, and 106 other senators.

 

In his presentation, chairman of the committee, Bamidele Opeyemi, said sexual harassment has been made an offence by removing mutual consent as a defence in prosecution of sexual harassment cases in tertiary educational institutions.

 

The bill, he said, seeks to maintain the relationship that exists between educators and students with the aim of making tertiary institutions conducive centres of learning.

 

“This bill seeks to tame the hydra-headed monster in the name of sexual harassment which has become a pandemic in our tertiary institutions.”

 

The Senate, thereafter, resolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider and pass the bill.

 

In his remark, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the bill is an important and landmark legislation that the ninth Senate has passed.

 

“We have to protect our daughters, sisters, mothers from sexual predators. From the recommendations, we wanted a fair means of offence that somebody is accused of.

 

“We want tertiary institutions to be safe and peaceful learning environment for everyone,” he said.

 

The bill will be transmitted to the House of Representatives for concurrence and then sent to the president for assent.