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Sign bill against sexual harassment, NANS urges Tinubu

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Bola Tinubu to sign the sexual harassment prohibition bill for tertiary institutions into law.…

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on President Bola Tinubu to sign the sexual harassment prohibition bill for tertiary institutions into law.

The call is coming after the suspension of the dean of faculty of law at the University of Calabar, over sexual harassment allegations.

In a statement on Monday, Pedro Chibuzo Obi, President of the Association, said the President’s assent to the bill would put an end to “pervasive practice in our Tertiary institutions by randy lecturers who have turned themselves to beast.”

Obi noted that the recent protest by students of the University of Calabar should serve as a wake-up call for everyone.

The statement reads: “As an association, we feel inundated by the campaign for Nigerian President to assent the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Bill which has been passed since 2020 by the National Assembly.

“It is very important for the President to give his assent to the bill as a long-lasting measure towards putting an end to this pervasive practice in our Tertiary institutions by randy lecturers who have turned themselves to beasts. The President must assent this bill because our campuses are gradually becoming notoriously unsafe and hostile for our female students.

“We believe that once this bill is assented to, it will help curb this evil menace which is gradually becoming an impediment for the girl-child to access education. The UNICAL uprising against one Law Professor Cyril Ndifon and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Universe, Awka is still fresh in our memories. We believe that if the bill had been assented to, these randy lecturers would have had their days in court and serve as deterrence for others.

“It is public knowledge that sexual harassment is being increasingly reported in academic campuses and, no doubt, has lasting social and psychological consequences on the victims. In Nigeria of today, it is pervasive and is a major issue of concern to us as a Students’ body.

“We understand that several higher institutions such as Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have adopted anti-harassment policies and units. However, the President must assent the bill in order to make our tertiary institutions become a safe haven.

“Also, our institutions of higher learning must be compelled by law to provide safe learning environment by preventing, monitoring and swiftly and decisively punishing sexual harassment.

“Beyond sacking and demotion, culpable lecturers must be prosecuted in the law court. And, this can only be achieved when the President gives assent to the Special Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Bill.”

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