Abuja - The passing of the Bill against Sexual
Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution (SB 262) ha been hailed as a
landmark in the protection of women and female children in the country.
The bill on Thursday passed reading at the Senate.
The bill prescribed five years jail term and the fine of N5
million for culprits, particularly educators, found guilty of engaging in
Meanwhile, the bill stipulated expulsion for any student find to have engaged in false
Speaking to journalists at the National Assembly after the
bill was passed, sponsor of the bill, Ovie Omo-Agege, said although the bill
co-sponsored by 29 senators, it was also supported by 46 others.
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He described passage of the bill as a breakthrough in the
protection of women and girls.
“We had instances where student who are suppose to graduate
in four or five years were delayed as a result of sexual harassment. The Senate
has made it clear that never again sexual harassment will be encouraged in our
tertiary education institutions,” Omo-Agege said.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said the passage of
the bill would help to protect students especially from teachers.
“This will help to protect our students from those who are
supposed to be teaching them but decided to harass them sexually,” Ekweremadu
- CAJ News