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May 19, 2016

Group urges Nigerians to support bill seeking to end sexual harassment in colleges

Group urges Nigerians to support bill seeking to end sexual harassment in colleges

Nelson Michael and Senator Omo-Agege

The Dream Project for Africa, a US-based advocacy group has called on students, parents, businesses, educators, advocacy groups and other stakeholders in Nigeria and the international community to support the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition bill by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central Senatorial District).

During a meeting with the group in Abuja, Senator Omo-Agege, expressed his disgust towards the attitude of most lecturers in the academic environment. He explained that the bill will help reposition the nation’s edusystem to produce competent leaders. “When lecturers harass these female students or create unfairness in the classroom, they deprive the students, the students’ parents, the government and the nation of a brighter future”, he lamented.

Nelson Michael and Senator Omo-Agege

Nelson Michael and Senator Omo-Agege

“The bill is not intended to punish anyone, but to deter the senseless act and to make prosecution of rape and sexual harassment cases on our campuses easier”, he continued. While highlighting the need for female and male students to dress decently, Senator Omo-Agege dismissed the excuse by sex predators about being lured through the provocative nature of dressing of the female students.”We expect educators to be responsible enough to say no to flirting female students, and to report them to the departments in charge of student conducts”, he countered.

The #AgegeBill totally prohibits any basis for consensual sexual relationships between an educator and a students. The only exception is for those who have been in a legal relationship before becoming part of the school system.

Mr Nelson Michael intimated Senator Omo-Agege on the online campaign #AgegeBill, which is designed to educate the student and other grassroots communities about the provisions and benefits of the bill.

“The bill has over 1000 benefits for the Nigerian masses. The #AgegeBill will ensure that our academic institutions inject the best minds into the police force, churches, politics, customs, military, business and foreign affairs.

This is where the CHANGE we have always expected comes into the picture. Second reading of the #AgegeBill comes up on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. We implore the Nigerian public and the international community to put all their support behind the bill”, Nelson said.