The BBC documentary on the thread #S*xforgrades, done by Kiki Nordi, has awaken all Institutions to the reality of harassment faced by the girl child. One of the arms of government, the Senate, has decided to reintroduce the s*xual harassment prohibition bill.
The bill made its first reading today, and was read by Honourable Nelson Ayewoh, the clerk of the upper legislative chambers.
The deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, sponsored the bill as it was read to the house.
The s*xual Harassment prohibition bill which was first passed by the Senate in 2016, failed to get the assent of the house of Representatives at that time.
The former Senate President Bukola Saraki had requested that the National Assembly revisit the bill so the needed reforms can be implemented in tertiary institutions.
Some reasons as to why the assent was not given, was stated by Femi Gbajabiamila, who was leader of the house at the time – they argued that the bill did not cover other spheres of society.
In his argument, Gbajabiamila said, besides tertiary institutions, the bill ought to have addressed s*xual harassment in the workplace and religious institutions.
This lead to the legislative chambers stepping down the bill and not giving their assent, pending further consultations with the senate, which didn’t happen; owing to the fact the legislation not considered before the end of the eighth assembly.
The hue and cry for the bill to be passed into law could be attributed to the recent documentary, done by BBC Africa Eye, which brought to light the various s*xually assault and indecent advances from lecturers towards student in the West African Universities.