Nigerian Students support sexual harassment bill

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja

President of the National Association of Nigeria Students,Comrade Chinonso Obasi, Coordinator, Zone A region ,Mr Umar Lawal and others.

The Bill on Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions will be the highest form of Security for all Female Students in Nigeria, when passed into law.

The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Chinonso Obasi,said this in Abuja while speaking on the state of education and other issues affecting the nation.

Comrade Obasi who said Nigerian students are fully in support of the bill also said that the Students Association will mobilise and ensure that the bill was passed into law.

He hinted that NANs had already set up a platform that would continually sensitize Nigerian students and help put an end to the menace in higher institutions.

As an umbrella body that looks after the affairs of Nigerian students,we have been able to set up platforms on sensitization that will begin to see how we put a stop to this menace.

“Nigerian students appreciate the senate for passing such bill on sexual harassment of female students ,it will checkmates actitivites of those doing sex for marks on our campuses. NANs is mobilizing heavily to match down to the National Assembly to see that this bill sees the light of the day,when passed into law it will be the highest form of security Nigerian female students can have ” Obasi explained.

Speaking on the recent warning of Strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the NANs President said he would engage it members to turn their back on the ASUU, if they embarked on further strike.

Comrade Obasi who said the association’s  intervention on the recent indefinite strike embarked upon by ASUU  yielded results , stressed that the association had played some important role in ensuring that the government meets ASUU’s demand.

According to him, “the strike embarked upon by ASUU was usually politicised but NANS  promised that the association would not give the union another opportunity to embark on strike if not properly consulted.

“You find out that ASUU’s intention sometimes is not because of their demand but they see it as an opportunity to engage in other businesses without putting the plight of the students into consideration. We are not against the demand they make but we feel we are the major customers and major stakeholder in this institution.If you want to embark on this strike, properly carry along the students’ leaders so that they can also be in the same direction with you. As of now, we are not aware that their demands have not been met because they don’t also value the fact that we always play role in getting what they want. 

“ASUU must not be politicising strikes; they must also know that strike is not the only option for them to achieve what they want” he noted.

The NANS President called on the Nigerian government to give it maximum status on Tuition fees that must not be exceeded by any Public Higher Institutions.

He called on the Inspector General of Police to protect the Police more than protecting people’s personal interest.

 Mr Umar Lawal, Zonal Coordinator, Zone A region, called on the Federal Government to put an end to the security problem confronting the country as youths were usually at the receiving end.

Confidence Okwuchi