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Senate revisits Sexual Harassment Prohibition bill three years after Passage

Senate revisits Sexual Harassment Prohibition bill three years after Passage

Doris Ukaonu

Nigerian Senate has today (October 9) revisited the sexual harassment prohibition bill, three years after its passage to serve as a guide for subsequent legislative actions.

The bill which was sponsored by the deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, was revised by Nelson Ayewoh, the Clerk of the Nigerian Senate, at the plenary today.

In May 2016, the bill was passed by the Bukola Saraki-led 8th Nigerian Senate. It mandates a five-year jail term for lecturers caught sexually harassing students.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari failed to sign the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition bill into law.

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The bill was remembered following the recent  ‘Sex For Grades’ video documentary by BBC AfricaEye that exposed the immoral acts of lecturers in high brow universities in West Africa against their female students.

Saraki had called on President Buhari and the 9th Senate to append the bill so that institutional reforms necessary to safeguard students in educational institutions in Nigeria can be implemented.

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