The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the Senate bill against sexual harassment is directed at university teachers.
The draft law stipulates that lecturers found guilty of sexual harassment or overtures to female students can be detained for two years.
In addition, university administrators who do not investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against employees face fines or prison terms.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan called it “groundbreaking legislation. We have to protect our daughters from predators. “
On Monday, Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU national president, said the law discriminated against male lecturers.
He spoke at a town hall meeting organized by the Chapter of the University of Jos (UNIJOS).
Ogunyemi said the union does not want a situation in which male lecturers are afraid to teach female students “because they say we shouldn’t smile at them.”
He warned that a time could come when male faculty members would say, “Let them have female faculty members, let them have female supervisors.”
The president said that such a situation was not healthy for society.
Ogunyemi noted that male students “can be raped in one way or another and this is not taken into account”.
He pointed out that Nigeria already has laws dealing with issues of sexual harassment and rape.
“We have not seen the newly adopted bill. We have been told that our views will be taken into account and we said if there are laws already dealing with harassment and rape, why are we redoubling our efforts? “
“That should stop because they stigmatize. It is as if they called lecturers criminals or potential criminals. We are against sexual harassment of our students. We don’t support it in any form, ”he said.
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