23 Oct 2022 Report (Authority News): OCI Foundation-inspired SGBV Bill goes through public hearing (October 11, 2022)
OCI Foundation-inspired SGBV Bill goes through Public Hearing
Source: Authority News (22/10/2022)
The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, has stated that the Bill for an Act to introduce preventive measures and teaching of Anti-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the civic education curriculum of all Secondary Schools in Nigeria will help address cancer-related issues in Nigeria.
Prof. Ihonvbere was speaking during a two-day public hearing organized by the House Committee on Healthcare Services at the National Assembly, in Abuja, over the wekend.
Hon. Ihonvbere is a co- sponsor of the bill and the member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
The bill was the second legislative Bill inspired by an International Non-governmental Organization (OCI) Foundation.
The Bill, had already scaled through First (March 31) and Second Reading (July 27) this year.
It seeks to introduce Preventive Measures and Teachings of Anti-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the civic education curriculum of all Secondary Schools in Nigeria (JSS 1 to SSS 1).
According to Julius Ihonvbere: “This has already passed through a public hearing, am sure when it gets to the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, Breast, Cervical, Prostrate and other types of cancer will be included.
“The most important thing is that it’s included in the school curriculum”.
Addressing the gathering, the OCI Foundation’s National Assembly Liaison Officer, Barr Vivian Obinwa, explained that the Foundation was proposing innovative ideas towards sustainable ways of solving challenges in Nigeria.
According to Obinwa, “OCI Foundation started with scholarships, skills acquisitions to Youths.
“But we are championing the idea of introducing the teachings of cancers into an already existing subject, Civic Education in Secondary schools.
“This will provide an opportunity for Youths in both public and private schools. It will be preventive”.
Also, an Abuja based Advocacy team member of the Foundation, Mrs. Ebele Udechukwu, said deliberate efforts had been made to by members of the Foundation at various levels to sensitize Nigerians on the need for cancer preventive measures.
In a statement, the President of the Foundation, Prof. Chris Ifediora, expressed appreciation to the National Assembly and members of the Foundation for sustained efforts towards achieving the goals of the Organization.
Prof. Ifediora commended Dele Ahamisi (Esq), for his role in the Bill get to the level ot got to so far.
He explained that the SGBV Bill was the second legislation that has been successfully pushed through this stage by the OCI Foundation, an international (Australian-Nigerian) NGO that promotes Health, Education, and Social/Public Welfare among Nigerians.
According to him, the first Bill, which also went through Public Reading on September 29th and 30th, 2022, seeks to include teachings against breast and cervical cancers into the curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Nigeria.