Senate Reintroduces Sexual Harassment Prohibition Bill After #SexForGrades Exposé

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, reintroduced the sexual harassment prohibition bill. The upper legislative chamber took the bill’s first reading, after Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the house, had read the long title. The bill is being sponsored by Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy senate president. The bill was passed by the senate in 2016, but it failed to get the assent of the house of representatives. Femi Gbajabiamila, who was leader of the house at the time, argued that the bill did not cover other areas of the society. Gbajabiamila had said apart from tertiary institutions, the bill should have also addressed sexual harassment in places of work and religious establishments. Read Also: I Can’t Wash My Wife’s Pants Any Longer – Islamic Cleric Consequently, the Reps stepped down the bill, pending further consultations with the senate. However, the bill was never revisited before the end of the last assembly. The call for the legislation was renewed, following revelations in the BBC African Eye documentary, detailing sexual abuses female students go through in Nigerian universities. Bukola Saraki, the former senate president, on Monday, urged the national assembly to reconsider the bill, in order to implement reforms needed in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.  
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