For far too long in Nigeria, forced -sex has been institutionalised as well as adopted as a medium of exchange…
Sex for grades…
Sex to be considered for a movie role…
Sex to be extended financial assistance…
Sex for employment, promotion, or to avoid retrenchment…
Sex for just about any situation in which the perpetrator has authority or some form of control over the victim.

The 8th Assembly of the Senate in May 2018 passed a motion on the growing trend of sexual harassment in Tertiary institutions. A draft of the sexual harassment bill was first introduced in 2016, however members of the Senate re-visited this bill in 2018 as a result of ‘sex-for-grades’ scandal between an Obafemi Awolowo University student; Monica Osagie and her lecturer, Professor Richard I. Akindele. The professor was soon after suspended from the university and later served two years of jail time.

Both bills, however, did not pass both houses of parliament. The house of representatives rejected them on the grounds that they focused on the Tertiary Institution and neglected other aspects of the society.

In 2019, BBC’s undercover footage, #SexForGrades, which exposed sexual misconduct by Lecturers in Ghana and Nigeria, resulted in former Senate President of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki calling on the 9th Assembly of the Senate to revisit the failed bill.

The Nigerian Senate once again expressed strong displeasure over the exposé. The senate’s deputy president said he hoped the BBC’s investigation would help draw support for the bill. Senator Ovie Omo-Agege emphasized that sexual harassment in Tertiary instititions is unacceptable.

The 2019 bill which was re-introduced October last year, was passed by the Senate on 7th July, 2020 after its third reading.

The bill proposes up to 14 years jail term for Lecturers found guilty of sexual misconduct , fines or jail terms for university administrators who fail to probe allegations of sexual misconduct brought against staff members and suspension or expulsion for students found guilty of falsely accusing lecturers of sexual misconduct.

The bill will be sent to House of Representatives for deliberations and final assent would be given by the president for the bill to become law.

Odince News


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