A Bill seeking to protect students in the nation’s tertiary institutions against sexual harassment was passed on Tuesday for third reading in the Senate.
The Bill, titled: “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters connected therewith, Bill, 2020,” was sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other senators.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the Bill would protect female students from undue sexual exploitation.
The passage of the Bill followed the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, chaired by Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), by the Upper Chamber.
Also, the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government to immediately set up special courts for the trial of Rape, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) offenders.
The lawmakers also pleaded with the government to use relevant regulatory agencies to begin accelerated court hearing and prosecution of SGBV cases.
The resolution followed the passage of a motion brought under matters of urgent National importance by a member, Unyime Idem, who sought a speedy trial of perpetrators of such offences.