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sexual harassment bill: Prepare memo to Senate, Omo-Agege urges female students

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—SENATOR Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta Central, has urged all female students, through the National Female Students Association of Nigeria, to present a memorandum to the Senate to chronicle their demands during a public hearing on the bill on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions 2016.

According to Senator Omo- Agege, the bill, which he sponsored with 45 other senators, did not come about by accident but were driven by a problem which has been on for a very long time that the Senate has been trying to fix.

Speaking when he received members of the National Female Students Association of Nigeria who were in his office on a solidarity visit, Senator Omo- Agege described sexual harassment of female students by lecturers  as totally unacceptable.

He said the bill was targeted at the few bad eggs who had continued to perpetrate the act in the nation’s universities and other tertiary institutions.

The senator, who noted that enough was enough for such lecturers, said the country must have a conducive learning environment for females.

Earlier in her presentation, President, National Female Students Association of Nigeria, Comrade Idongesit Micah, told the senator that they were in his office to show solidarity, following his sponsorship of the bill.

She said the challenges of female students on the issue of sexual harassment by lecturers had always been the ability to speak up.

‘’Female students are afraid of being humiliated by lecturers or being stigmatized among students. And even when she speaks up to the school authorities, little or nothing is always done about it,’’ she said.

Comrade Micah, who advocated more years as punishment for any erring lecturer, said the proposed five year jail term was very short.


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