Members of the Nigerian Female Students Association, NFSA, visit the National Assembly, Abuja, to express delight that the Sexual Harassment Bill has already scaled second reading on the floor of the Senate.
The members noted that the growing abuse of female students is as a result of the lack of consistent and clear policy by school governing bodies and school authorities concerning sexual harassment. They showed their unflinching support to the Bill.
The Bill for a law which prescribes five-year jail term for lecturers sexually harassing female students was passed for first reading in the Senate on May 4.
The Bill imposes stiff penalties on offenders in its overall objective of providing tighter statutory protection for students against sexual hostility and all forms of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege (Labour-Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 46 other senators, seeks to completely prohibit any form of sexual relationship between lecturers and their students.