Center for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) under the auspices of Anti-Sexual Harassment Advocacy (ASHA) has commended the 9th National Assembly for the passage of the sexual harassment of students in Tertiary Educational Institutions (Prohibition) bill 2023.
The Cluster, comprising Village Debbo Initiative, Connected Development(CODE), Sefjamil Media and Development, Women’s Right and Health Advocacy Project, Gender Mobile Initiative, Youth Alive Foundation and Joint Association of People with Disability made the commendation in a statement made available to The Pioneer by CAJA Executive Director Kabiru Sa’idu Dakata
The cluster which is working to address the prevalence of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, appreciated the 9th National Assembly for passing the bill.
”The cluster commends and appreciates the 9th National Assembly for the passage of the Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions (Prohibition) bill, 2023”
The cluster also appreciated the unrelenting efforts of the sponsor of the bill Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege who presented the bill to both the 8th and the 9th assemblies, and remained committed up to the level of its passage.
”Similarly, we commend the efforts of all stakeholders specially the Civil Society Organizations, media, students` associations, who had worked relentlessly to ensure the passage of the bill”
They then appealed to President Bola Ahmad Tinubu, to quickly assent to the bill to become law.
”We are appealing to President Tinubu who assumed duty after been dully elected by the majority of Nigerian students because of his passion for education, youth empowerment and economic development, to quickly assent to the bill to became a law’
”This commitment will not only be a significant milestone in his first 100-days in office as president but will also boost the confidence of students, parents, educationists and everyone working to address the menace of sexual exploitation, harassment and abuses in our tertiary educational institutions.