In collaboration with the Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), students from various Nigerian tertiary institutions have offered a symbolic gesture to President Ahmed Bola Tinubu by donating their pens. Their intention is to encourage him to promptly endorse the Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill currently before him,Daily Trust reports.
The students collected pens from different campuses and presented them to the president via his Senior Special Assistant on Students Engagement, Sunday Asefon, in Abuja on Friday. They attributed the shortage of pens as a potential reason for the delay in the bill’s assent.
Abdul Fatima Zara, a student from the University of Abuja, expressed, “The most symbolic tool for students are pens, and that is why we have donated these pens to the president.”
The lead director of GMI, Omowumi Ogunrotimi, a non-governmental organization addressing sexual and gender-based violence in educational settings, explained that they collaborated with Nigerian students to launch the “#DonateAPenToMrPresident Campaign” across campuses nationwide. The campaign aims to contribute pens and encourages President Tinubu to swiftly sign the bill, thus ensuring the protection of students in educational institutions.
In response, Asefon, the presidential aide, acknowledged the persistent issue of sexual harassment in educational institutions and assured that the bill would address such cases, ensuring appropriate punishment for the perpetrators.