Omo-Agege reacts over Sexual harassment In Tertiary Institutions.
Words: Ihegazie Hope Chidinma
The Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district has vow to ensure that the energized concerns of all fathers, mothers and youth accelerate the success of his bill towards becoming an effective law against sexual harassment in Nigeria.
This was contained in a Press Statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity Yomi Odunuga on Wednesday.
He Explains why he reintroduced anti-sexual harassment Bill Concerned parents and youth should help energize support for proposals
towards enacting an effective law against sexual harassment in workplaces and educational institutions.
He decided to reintroduce the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institution Prohibition Bill, which he first proposed before the
8th National Assembly.
He said,“It is a problem that has caused academic injustice, depression and other negative effects on individuals and the society in various parts of the world but the key to
lasting change is for us to begin it within our own environment.
“I applaud the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the Academic Staff Union of Universities and all those who stoutly rose in support of the
BBC’s commendable journalistic endeavour that is effectively beaming light on a hidden menace.
He further said,“I am wholly convinced that the unique student-educator relationship
of authority, dependency and trust should never be violated. By the maxim of ‘loco parentis’, educators are like parents. They
owe a special fiduciary duty of care to students under their authority –
students who trust and depend on them to shape their future.
“It must therefore be extremely offensive to a reasonable mind where an educator treats students as ‘perquisites’ of his office. As
a father, it is an issue that I cannot just accept. It is a shame on our conscience as a people. We will stop it.
He added ,“In 2016, with the support of several colleagues in the Senate, I tabled the Bill on the Prohibition”. He said.