A bill prohibiting sexual harassment of students by educators in Nigeria’s tertiary educational institutions has scaled the crucisl Second Reading in the Senate.
Sponsor of the bill, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who also led debate on the bill, argued that sexual harassment was rife in many higher institutions of learning in Nigeria, hence, the need for a law outlawing the vice.
“Sexual harassment is a vice in our higher institutions. We are using this bill to send a message that enough is enough,” he said.
However, in his contribution, Dino Melaye said sexual harassment was a two-way traffic and argued that some students willfully seduce their lecturers with the aim of getting academic favours.
“I support, wholeheartedly, that this bill be enacted to stand as deterrent to lecturers who take advantage of female students.However, the seductive and provocative dresses of our students, who enter offices of lecturers who have no anointing to resist sexual temptation, should be discouraged.”
In his contribution, Yahaya Aliyu called for a blanket law against sexual harassment instead of one targeted at a section of society.
“If we are to make laws against sexual harassment, we should do it across board. Targeting one section of society is discriminatory,” he said
After listening to the arguments, Senate President, Bukola Saraki put the bill to a voice vote and it received a favourable response.
Afterwards, the bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters for more legislative treatment.
The committee was directed to submit its report to the whole house for further consideration within four weeks.
Meanwhile, the senate will debate the current status of the Nigerian economy today.
This followed a point of order raised by Bassey Akpan, a senator from Akwa Ibom North-East, under order 42 of the senate rules which has to do with matters of urgent national importance.
Akpan, while making his submission, stated that the economy had slipped into a full-blown recession, and added that it needed an urgent remedy.
“I wish to draw the attention of this chamber to the statistics of Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on the state of Nigerian economy. Statistics have shown that our economy has gone into a full-blown recession,” he said.
After listening to him, Saraki stood down the matter to the next legislative day.
According to the NBS, 1.5 million Nigerians became unemployed in 2016. This is besides 13.7 percent inflation rate, and the depreciating value of the naira.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has called for an urgent monetary policy meeting to look into the current fiscal challenges.
FG closes case against Orubebe on false assets declaration
From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
The Federal Government, yesterday, closed its case against former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, in the one-count charge of false assets declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Prosecution counsel, Mohammed Diri, called only one witness to prove his case. When arraigned before the tribunal, the former minister had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
During the trial, FG called it’s only witness, Samuel Madojemu, who told the tribunal that the former minister did not declare his assets fully while in office.
He told the tribunal, under cross examination, that Orubebe failed to declare his property located at Plot 2057, Asokoro District in Abuja, while in office between 2007 and 2011.
Meanwhile, counsel to Orubebe, Larry Selekowei, said they were taken by surprise with the development.
He said they did not envisage the development before now and prayed that in such circumstance, he needed an adjournment to enable him prepare for their defence, subject to the convenience of the tribunal. But Irked by the request, the tribunal chairman, Umar, wondered whether the defence was not trying to employ delay tactics. Umar, however, granted the application and adjourned the matter to May 31, 2016 for the defendant to open his defence.
Recall that the witness, had earlier in his evidence said, Orubebe submitted five assets declaration forms to CCB between 2007 and 2011, the period he served as minister; the first, as minister of Special Duties under the administration of late President Umaru Yar’adua, and later as minister of Niger Delta Affairs up till 2011, during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.