Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that works on altering the 1999 Constitution will commence after the Sallah break.
Omo-Agege, who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Constitution Review, disclosed this when the Women Education Advocacy and Development Initiative (WEADI), and League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), visited him in Abuja.
While speaking with the groups, Senator Omo-Agege assured that rights of women and the girl-child would be protected in the exercise, adding the panel would take into account experiences from other African countries.
Immediately after the Sallah, we are going to hit the ground running with constitution review exercise. And there are a lot of bills dealing with women rights advancement.
We will take the Ugandan and Rwandan experiences into account to see how we can meet up with the agitation of our women in the constitution review exercise.
He further stated that the Sexual Harassment Bill which was recently passed by the Senate is not targeted at all lecturers but meant to flush out the few bad eggs tarnishing the images of their colleagues as he described many of them described as “decent.”
While he applauded his colleagues for co-sponsoring the Bill, he thanked the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for the leadership, saying:
This bill is not targeted at our lecturers in tertiary institutions. To the extent that it is targeted at anybody, it is targeted at the errant few, the few predators in their midst.
And we have them everywhere. It is not only in the tertiary institutions.
Majority of the lecturers, professors are good people. We know them, we went through the institutions. So we speak from experience.
The majority of lecturers, professors in higher institutions are good and decent teachers whose sole objective is to impact knowledge so that we can have the enabling environment to prepare our leaders of tomorrow.
He, however, expressed optimism that, given the level of overwhelming support from the Presidency, it would get presidential assent once it receives concurrence from the House of Representatives.