Sexual Harassment: The National Assembly in Nigeria is not left out – Binta Masi Garba
A Bill which aims to commit randy lecturers at tertiary institutions to a minimum of five years in jail, scaled second reading Tuesday in the Senate.
The Bill sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta-Central) and 57 others received overwhelming support especially from female senators who saw it as an opportunity to voice out the frustration and abuse of female students by their teachers.
In his lead debate on the bill, Omo-Agege regretted that unlike universities abroad, tertiary institutions in the country were permissive of sexual harassment on campuses.
He urged the Senate to accelerate the passage of the Bill into law in order to tackle the menace.
Senators Theodore Orji, Biodun Olujimi, Stella Oduah, Binta Garba Masi and other senators who contributed to the Bill, sought stiffer penalties for errant teachers.