OrderPaperToday – A bill to curb the scourge of sexual harassment has been reintroduced in the Senate and slated for first reading on Wednesday.

The bill is sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

It would be recalled that in 2016, the 8th Senate under the leadership of Bukola Saraki in 2016 passed the “Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition Bill” equally sponsored by Senator Omo-Agege and 57 other senators.

The bill proposed a five-year jail term for lecturers and educators convicted of sexual harassment of their male or female students.

Expulsion or suspension were recommended for students who give false information of being serially abused by lecturers or educators as determined by any competent court.

A fine of N5 million was prescribed for an accused person who has been convicted by a competent court of law.

While the bill got a unanimous support in the red chamber, the 8th House of Representatives denied concurrence.

A prominent argument from a member of the green chamber who is currently the Speaker of the chamber in the 9th assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, was that other spheres of the society such as work place, religious institutions among others were not represented in the bill.

This view was adopted by most members hence it’s rejection.

Meanwhile, the bill was resurrected owing to a documentary done by BBC exposing sexual harassment in two universities in Africa.

The documentary gained widespread reactions from the public with many lamenting the damaging effect of sexual predatory practices in tertiary institutions.

The bill sponsor at a later date will present a lead debate and if it gains two-thirds support from his colleagues, it will be passed for third reading and sent to green chamber for concurrence.

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