The senate has exempted Men of God and primary school teachers from its proposed sexual harassment bill. The senate also excludes teachers in secondary schools from the bill.
The lawmakers on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, proposed a 14-year jail term, for any lecturer that commits sexual offenses in tertiary institutions in the country.
The sexual harassment legislation titled “A Bill for an Act to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for other matters connected therewith 2019” has 27 clauses.
The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege and Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, respectively scaled through the second reading on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Explaining the reason for not proposing punishments for perpetrators of sexual offenses in primary schools and worship centers, Omo-Agege said there are adequate laws to deal with them already.
He said, “Some advocates have suggested the extension of this Bill to cover primary and secondary schools. “My passion says ‘yes’ but I know that strict penal liability already attaches to sexual harassment of minors in primary and secondary schools in extant laws. “I must subject my passion for the law. It is equally not necessary to extend this Bill to cover similar fiduciary relationships. “It (the bill) does not cover sexual harassment between priest-congregant, employer-employee, father-daughter, and warder-prisoner. “This is because the Criminal and Penal Codes already adequately deals with these categories with sufficient clarity.”