Today at the Nigerian Senate, a bill to Criminalize Se xual Harassment in Nigerian Universities passed its Second Reading. This was announced by Senate president Bukola Saraki on his social media.
He said the Bill is borne out of the prevalent situation of the se xual harassment of students in the country’s tertiary institutions.
If this Se xual Harassment Bill is passed into law, sexual harassment in Nigerian Universities will become a criminal offense punishable by law. The offending lecturer WILL be prosecuted and if found guilty, jailed.
Reacting further on his Facebook page, Senator Saraki stated
I can attest to the fact that I have received anonymous emails and messages urging the Senate to make se xual harassment in our universities a criminal offence. In this regard, as we have taken this pivotal step to get this bill off the ground, I enjoin members of the civil society and students across the country to join in the process to make sure that this bill is passed and signed, so that students can receive the protection and backing of the law as they pursue their education.”