A bill for an act recommending punishment for any lecturer who engages in sexual relationship with students, passed a second reading on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday.
The bill, seeks to rid the nation’s institutions of higher learning of lecturers who see female students as prize.
When passed into law, it would be a criminal offence for any educator in higher institutions to exploit their students for sexual pleasures.
Sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial District alongside 57 others, the bill is meant to curb sexual assaults on various campuses of educational institutions.
According to Ovie the ugly culture has become a trend on campuses, adding, "It is a ‘breakdown of culture’ by those who ought to be mentoring younger generations not only in academics, but morally too, noting that laws must not spare them anymore.
In his submission, Senator Dino Melaye, however differed, stressing that female students having dressed offensively also harass their lecturers by offering to sleep with them.
“Mr President of the Senate, Distinguished Colleagues, we should also take cognizance of the fact that female students dress offensively, thereby tempting lecturers who could not resist themselves, ” Melaye noted.
He added that every educational institutions should have a dress code and insist on students observing it.