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Group charges National Assembly on sexual harassment bill

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
07 December 2019   |   4:06 am
Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI) has urged the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Sexual Harassment in Education Institutions Prohibition Bill before it.

Seeks Buhari’s Intervention To Curb Vices In Schools
Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI) has urged the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Sexual Harassment in Education Institutions Prohibition Bill before it.

The non-governmental organisation also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an executive order directing heads of tertiary institutions to get rid of the vices in their campus within a period of time or face severe sanctions.

Arguing that cultism, sex-for-grade and examination malpractice were a time bomb lodged on the belly of the nation’s education sector, the group stressed the need for a universal consensus and commitment from stakeholders to eradicate the vices.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the founder, Mr. Ike Onyechere, said retrieving Nigeria’s education system from such menace required a new marshal plan of action.

Onyechere said it had received over 6,000 signed online petitions to fast-track the passage of the bill before the National Assembly.

He explained that the first effort to pass the bill started in 2016, but died with the termination of the eight National Assembly

“Our law needs to redefine what exam malpractice is. The legal framework for the social vices has also proved to be ineffective.

“Stamping out campus cultism and examination malpractice in our schools requires prioritisation by the executive, legislative and judicial arms of government. Mr. President should issue an executive order empowering heads of tertiary institutions to deploy all necessary legal, security and administrative measures to stamp out cultism in their institutions.”

“It is indeed a collective responsibility that requires inter-agency collaboration and support,” he said.

While calling for a robust and comprehensive legislative framework to tackle the menace, the group asked the government to float a national online blacklist register of teachers indicted for sexual harassment, adding that same should be extended to schools and individuals indicted for malpractice.

On Monday, December 9, 2019, this group, according to him, will hold a national consultative conference of education leaders on the marshal plan of action to stamp out campus cultism and sex-for-grade