A bill on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions was on Tuesday passed by the Senate after the third reading.
The bill was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, and 106 other Senators.
The newly passed bill is titled: A Bill for Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for Matters Concerned Therewith, 2019.
The bill which contained 25 clauses seeks to promote and protect ethical standards in tertiary institutions, the bill was reintroduced on the 9 October to the Senate and it scaled second reading on November 6.
Furthermore, a 14 yeas jail term for offenders, protection of students against sexual harassment and prevention of sexual harassment of students by educators in tertiary institutions was also proposed by the bill.
Bamidele Opeyemi, the chairman of the committee in his presentation said sexual harassment has been made an offence by removing the mutual consent as a defence in prosecution of sexual harassment cases in Tertiary Educational Institutions.
The bill seeks to maintain the relationship that exists between educators and students with the aim of making tertiary institutions conducive for learning, he said.
“This bill seeks to tame the hydra-head monsters in the name of sexual harassment which has become a pandemic in our tertiary institutions.”
The bill is an important landmark legislation that the ninth Senate passed, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said in his remarks.
“We’ve 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.
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