The Senate on Tuesday passed a Bill seeking to protect students in the nation’s tertiary institutions against sexual harassment.
The Bill, titled: “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters connected therewith, Bill, 2020,” was sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other senators.
Addressing the house on the Bill, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said it is very important that the Bill would is passed in order to protect “our sisters, our daughters and our mothers from sexual predators.”
The Senate President said: “This is a very important legislation that this Ninth Senate has passed. We have to protect our sisters, our daughters and our mothers from predators. But also, in the process, we could see clearly that we wanted a very fair means of determining what offence somebody is accused of.”
“So, it is a balanced legislation, and we pray that those educators don’t have to be taken before the courts of law for any offence.”
“We want our tertiary institutions to be very important, safe and peaceful learning environment for everyone. This is a legislation that will ensure that wish.”
The passage of the Bill followed the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), by the Upper Chamber.