The Senate is considering a 14-year jail term for sexual predators among lecturers in Nigerian universities.
The bill, sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege and Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, respectively scaled through the 2nd reading on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
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.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Press) to President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo, disclosed that the bill proposes about fourteen years jail term with a minimum of five years for any lecturer, who commits sexual offenses in tertiary institutions.
Senator Agege had this to say, “The most effective way to deal with the offence of sexual harassment in our tertiary institutions is to penalise the very impropriety of the act, with or without consent.”
Do you think this can serve as a deterrent?
Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He is senator representing the Delta State central senatorial district at the Nigerian 8th senate. Omo-Agege is from the Orogun clan of the Urhobo ethnic group in Ughelli North local Government area of Delta State. He emerged the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate of the 9th National Assembly on June 11, 2019 after he defeated his rival, Ike Ekweremadu with a margin of 31 votes to win the second leadership position of the National Assembly.
Omo-Agege is the first senator from Delta State to emerge as Deputy Senate President, and also the first Delta Central senator to be written by Perry.
Omo-Agege was born on August 3, 1963 in Delta State. He attended St. George Grammar school, Obinomba Obiaruku. Delta State.
Omo-Agege was deployed to Kwara State for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He completed his NYSC with the Directorate of Criminal investigation and intelligence, Nigerian Police Force, Kwara State Command. Omo-Agege started his career in law by working with Pat Okupa & Co. in Lagos in 1987.
Ovie Omo-Agege was re-elected as the senator representing Delta Central in 2019 general elections. On June 11, 2019, he emerged as the new Deputy Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with 68 votes cast to beat Senator Ike Ekweremadu with 37 votes.
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