By Daniel Njienue, News/comments, July, 10, 2020
ABUJA-As the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege continues to draw public commendations over his achievements in the Senate , especially, keeping and fulfilling his electioneering campaign promises he made to the electorates in Delta Central Senatorial District. Joining in Eulogising the Senator, is the United Nations Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs. Comfort Lamptey, who applauded and gave kudos to Sen. Omo-Agege over his recent achievement in the Senate, and also used the medium to congratulate him on the successful passage of the Bill to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Senator ,on July 7, by Mrs. Lamptey, titled, Congratulatory Message on the Successful Passage of the Bill to Prevent, Prohibit and Redress Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria, 2019, which she expressed satisfaction on behalf of the UN Women, noting that Nigerian Senate has set a remarkable precedent and reiterated the need for UN to partner the country. The letter reads: “On behalf of UN women, I would like to warmly congratulate you on the successful Third Reading and Passage of the Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions Bill by the Senate. This piece of legislation represents a significant milestone in the march towards eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls particularly students of higher institutions in Nigeria”
“I am pleased to note that this Bill was sponsored by your honorable self and enjoyed the support of 107 Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, providing clear illustration of the readiness of the National Assembly to assume a leadership role in rooting out Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. In this regard, I would like to convey to you the assurances of UN Women’s readiness to partner with the Government of Nigeria in efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. UN Women stands ready to support Federal and state level efforts to implement this important legislation in the period ahead, working closely with women’s constituencies, students, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders. Please accept, Distinguished Deputy Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration”.
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