The Senate on Wednesday revisited the sexual harassment bill passed by the 8th Senate.
The bill is revisited following the recent exposure of a University of Lagos lecturer, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu making sexual advances to a ‘student’ seeking admission.
According to Punch, the 8th Senate had proposed a five-year sentence and N5 million fine for lecturers convicted for sexually harassing male or female students.
However, the passing of the bill into law had a setback because it was not given presidential assent after its passage by the 8th senate.
The revisit of the bill was sponsored by the deputy president of the senate, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege on Wednesday.
According to the bill, an educator will be “guilty of committing an offence of sexual harassment against a student if he/she has sexual intercourse with a student who is less than 18 years of age; has sexual intercourse with a student or demands sex from a student or a prospective student as a condition to study in an institution, or as a condition to the giving of a passing grade or the granting of honour and scholarships.”
Omo -Agege in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, urged Nigerians to support the bill.
He commended Aisha Buhari, Bisi Fayemi, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and those who supported the BBC for beaming the light on the hidden menace
“Concerned parents and youth should help energise support for proposals towards enacting an effective law against sexual harassment in workplaces and educational institutions,” he said.