2 December 2012

Nigeria: Sexual Harassment of Female Students Worries Ogun Govt

Ogun State government has expressed worry over the spate of sexual abuse and harassment of female students in the public primary and secondary schools in the state.

It, however, vowed to amend the 2004 Child Rights Law to include juvenile law with a view to sanctioning the culprits.

The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi, stated this while speaking at a one- day orientation programme for teachers and students in secondary schools on the dimension of gender-based violence.

According to her, a Bill that will address the menace both at the house-hold level and in schools has been initiated by the ministry.

"We have a Bill that is already with the Ministry of Justice and it will soon get to the House of Assembly and, by the time they pass it into law come 2013, implementation will help us to eliminate all sorts of discrimination against the girl-child which,in turn, genders equity and equality in the state.

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