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Nigeria: ASUU Rejects Sexual Harrassment Bill

Jun 22, 2016

Abuja — In a move that lent credence to the altruism of the
allegation of sexual harrassment by male lecturers in the
Nigerian tertiary institutions, the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) monday rejected the Sexual Harrassment Offences Bill, claiming the bill was meant to victimise lecturers.

The union which expressed this position at a one-day public
hearing on the bill organised by the Senate Committee on
Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, described the
bill as vindictive and meant to undermine university
autonomy.

ASUU’s president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, therefore asked
the Senate to throw the bill out, saying the nation’s universities and other tertiary institutions were established
by law as autonomous bodies and hence have their regulating codes.

“Any law or bill which seeks to supplant these laws violates
the university autonomy. In this particular instance, the bill
violates the Federal Government of Nigeria and ASUU
agreement of 2009 and as such should be rejected,” he said

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