The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said sexual predators have turned the blessings in the student-educator relationship to a source of torment.
Delivering a keynote address in Abuja, Thursday at the Conference on Sexual Violence in Nigeria, Senator Omo-Agege explained that this concern informed his decision to sponsor the Sexual Harassment Bill in the Senate.
Citing jurisdictions in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia with laws that specifically penalize sexual harassment in educational institutions of higher learning, he noted that the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Nigerian Senate is not in isolation.
It would be recalled that on July 7, 2020, the Senate passed ‘The Bill to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions, 2020’. It prohibits sexual harassment of students in tertiary institutions and prescribes jail term ranging from two to fourteen years for various degrees of offences
Represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary, Prince Efe Duku at the event, Omo-Agege described sexual harassment in tertiary institutions as a sore point in our collective psyche and existence as civilised people.