Senate Passes Sexual Harassment Bill – Proposes 14-year Jail Term

Senate Passes Sexual Harassment Bill – Proposes 14-year Jail Term: The Nigeria Senate on Tuesday passed the bill on sexual harassment of female students in the nation’s tertiary institutions. Actions such as whistling, sexual compliments and winking at a lady are now offences.

The bill titled: ‘A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress Sexual Harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters concerned therewith, 2019’, was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President,. Ovie Omo-Agege, and 106 other senators.

The bill, which was read the third time and passed, was a sequel to the consideration of the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters presented by the committee’s Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central).

The bill, with 25 clauses, seeks to promote and protect ethical standards in tertiary institutions. It also seeks to protect students against sexual harassment as well as prevent sexual harassment of students by educators in tertiary institutions.

READ ALSO: FG Kicks Against School Reopening- Says No WAEC Exam for Now

Loading...

The bill also proposes up to 14 years jail term for offenders.

The bill defines sexual offences as including sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

The Senate in a statement on Wednesday said the bill had been sent to Nigeria’s lower house for deliberation. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari would also have to consent to the bill for it to become a law.


Loading...

Join the Conversation

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

AfDB AgriPitch Competition 2020 for Youth Agripreneur

AfDB AgriPitch Competition 2020 for Youth Agripreneur: African Development Bank (AfDB) is now accepting applications from youth-led African businesses for its 2020 AgriPitch Competition....

African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) COVID-19: In My City Contest 2020

African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) COVID-19: In My City Contest 2020: African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) is now accepting entries from young African creatives...

FG Unveils New National Policy On Science & Technology Education

FG Unveils New National Policy On Science & Technology Education: The federal government, Thursday, unveiled a new National Policy on Science and Technology Education. Minister...

FG MSMEs Survival Fund Registration Guidelines and FAQ

FG MSMEs Survival Fund Registration Guidelines and FAQ: As the MSME survival fund registration for payroll support enters day four, which marks the commencement...

NBSSI/MasterCard A2E Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship 2020

NBSSI/MasterCard A2E Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship 2020: Applications are now open – NBSSI Apprenticeship To Entrepreneurship (A2E) Program for Young Ghanaians. NBSSI is an agency...

NBSSI/ Mastercard Foundation Ghana Nkosuo Loan 2020 for MSMEs

NBSSI/ Mastercard Foundation Ghana Nkosuo Loan 2020 for MSMEs: The NBSSI/ Mastercard Foundation Ghana Nkosuo Loan 2020 Application is now open. The NBSSI Mastercard...

Get in Touch

488FansLike
174FollowersFollow
352FollowersFollow
157FollowersFollow

Latest Posts

AfDB AgriPitch Competition 2020 for Youth Agripreneur

AfDB AgriPitch Competition 2020 for Youth Agripreneur: African Development Bank (AfDB) is now accepting applications from youth-led African businesses for its 2020 AgriPitch Competition....

African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) COVID-19: In My City Contest 2020

African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) COVID-19: In My City Contest 2020: African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM) is now accepting entries from young African creatives...

FG Unveils New National Policy On Science & Technology Education

FG Unveils New National Policy On Science & Technology Education: The federal government, Thursday, unveiled a new National Policy on Science and Technology Education. Minister...

FG MSMEs Survival Fund Registration Guidelines and FAQ

FG MSMEs Survival Fund Registration Guidelines and FAQ: As the MSME survival fund registration for payroll support enters day four, which marks the commencement...

NBSSI/MasterCard A2E Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship 2020

NBSSI/MasterCard A2E Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship 2020: Applications are now open – NBSSI Apprenticeship To Entrepreneurship (A2E) Program for Young Ghanaians. NBSSI is an agency...

What's Trending

NDA Application Form 2020/2021 – 72nd Regular Course Admission

NDA Application Form 2020/2021 - 72nd Regular Course Admission : Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy...

Npower Registration Portal 2020 – https://npower.fmhds.gov.ng/signup

Npower Registration Portal 2020 – https://npower.fmhds.gov.ng/signup: The 2020 N-Power application portal (https://npower.fmhds.gov.ng/signup) opened for registration at 11.45 pm on June 26th, 2020, to all...

Civil Defence Shortlisted Candidates 2019/2020 Download PDF

Civil Defence Shortlisted Candidates 2019/2020 Download PDF : NSCDC Shortlisted Candidates 2019: Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Recruitment shortlisted candidates is Out you...

npower.fmhds.gov.ng Signup- Npower Batch C Registration Portal [LOGIN]

npower.fmhds.gov.ng Signup- Npower Batch C Registration Portal : NPower Recruitment 2020 has began. See requirements, academic qualifications, Npower recruitment application registration form procedures via...

JAMB Result 2020 is Out : Check Your UTME Results www.jamb.org.ng

JAMB Result 2020 is Out : Check Your UTME Results www.jamb.org.ng : JAMB Results 2020 Online Checking Steps | www.jamb.org.ng – First of all,...

Download Nigeria Civil Defence List of Shortlisted Candidates 2019

Download Nigeria Civil Defence List of Shortlisted Candidates 2019 : NSCDC Shortlisted Candidates 2019. Download the Nigeria Civil Defence (NSCDC) Recruitment List of Shortlisted...

CDFIPB List Of Successful Candidates 2019 Latest News Today (NSCDC)

CDFIPB List Of Successful Candidates 2019 Latest News Today (NSCDC) : The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Service Board (CDFIPB) is hereby informing...

Subscribe For Latest Updates

Signup for our newsletter and get notified when we publish new articles for free!