The Nigerian Senate today debated on the law which will impose a 5-year jail term on any lecturer or teacher who requests for sex from his or her students. This is coming as development on BBC Africa’s sex for grades undercover expose which Nigeria and Ghana woke up to on Monday.
The sexual harassment bill, sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) was revisited as an instrument to curb the ill act of lecturers and educators requesting sex from their students in exchange for academic favour. It specifically states that an educator will be guilty of committing an offence of sexual harassment against a student if he/she has or demands for sexual intercourse with any student who is less than 18 years of age.He/she is also guilty if demanding for sex from or has sexual intercourse with a student or a prospective student as a condition to study in an institution or as a condition to the giving of a passing grade or the granting of honour and scholarships. It also has it that if any is found guilty of the act, he will be sentenced to jail for two years minimum and five years maximum.
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Despite being revisited as a result of the investigations revealed by BBC Africa, some legislators argued that the bill should not only be targeted at University lecturers but at anybody who commits the act. The bill, which was already passed by the 8th Senate was, however, denied assent by the Presidency. The reason for this has not yet been ascertained or verified.