The Nigeria Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has passed three bills in two(2) days on Sexual Harassment.
The passing of the bills can be connected to sexual harassment of students in public tertiary institutions by higher authorities, especially the currently trending “Sex For Grades” documentary of the BBC Africa Eye investigating sexual harassment of students by lecturers in top universities in West Africa.
Sexual Harassment Bill, 2019 (SB. 77) sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been read for the First Time on the floor of the Senate.
“I am wholly convinced that the unique student-educator relationship of authority, dependency and trust should never be violated. By the maxim of ‘loco parentis’, educators are like parents. They owe a special fiduciary duty of care to students under their authority, and who trust and depend on them to shape their future career paths. It must, therefore, be extremely offensive to a reasonable mind where an educator treats students as ‘perquisites’ of his office. As a father, it is an issue that I cannot just accept. It is a shame on our conscience as a people. We will stop it.”
Deputy President of the Senate,
His Excellency, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.