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Senate Passes Bill Against Sexual Harassment In Tertiary Institutions

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Senate Passes Bill Against Sexual Harassment In Tertiary Institutions

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has on Tuesday passed the bill on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions after it scaled the third reading.

The bill is 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’.

It was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, and 106 other senators.

The passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which was in charge of reviewing the bill and organising a public hearing on the legislation.

The anti-sexual harassment bill was originally introduced in 2016 but did not pass both houses of parliament.

It was however reintroduced in the Senate on October 9 two days after a BBC documentary by investigative journalist, Kiki Mordi, exposed two lecturers of the University of Lagos, and a lecturer of the University of Ghana for sexual harassment.

The documentary sparked outrage from many Nigerians who described the issue as a norm in universities and called on the Federal Government to intervene.

The bill then scaled to second reading on November 6, 2020.

With 25 clauses, the bill seeks to promote and protect ethical standards in tertiary institutions.

It seeks to also protect students against sexual harassment as well as prevent sexual harassment of students by educators in tertiary institutions.

According to the bill, any person who commits the offences of sexual harassment of students shall in conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for 14 years or to a fine of N5million or both.

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

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