Female Students Support Anti-harassment Bill At The National Assembly

Members of the Nigerian Female Students Association reportedly stormed the National Assembly (Senate) Abuja, to show their unflinching support to the Bill for a law prescribing five-year jail term for lecturers sexually harassing female students.

Led by president of the association, Miss Idongesit Micah, the students expressed great delight that the Bill has passed through second reading in the floor of Senate.

Speaking with the sponsor of the Bill, Senator Ovie Omo Agege, Micah  cited recent cases of Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, University of Calabar and so on, where female students were sexually assaulted.

She added that a lot of female students have drop out of school, end up with low grades while some fail respective courses and don’t speak up for fear of stigmatization, backlash, character assassination, victimization, among others.

In response, the Students’ Union Government President, University of Benin, Miss Lauretta Obakpolo, thanked the Distinguished Senator for taking up the plight of Nigerian Female Students and urged all and sundry to support the Bill.

Others who made remarks were Fatima Muhammad of University of Abuja, Omofon Mark, Vice President, Students’ Union Government, University of Uyo.

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