Nigerian Senate today passed a Bill to Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities for its Second Reading. Speaking on the importance of the bill, Senate president, Bukola Saraki said;
Many young Nigerian boys and girls suffer at the hands of lecturers, fellow students and those in administrative positions of power when they seek to further their education in our universities. This bill, once passed and signed into law, will help stamp out all forms of harassment to make our schools more conducive for our students.I can attest to the fact that I have received anonymous emails and messages urging the Senate to make sexual 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.