Those seeking punishment for people involved in sexual harassment in tertiary institutions will have to wait a little longer.

The House of Representatives has suspended deliberations on a bill seeking to make provisions for the prohibition and punishment of sexual harassment in institutions.

The bill was suspended because it was restricted to tertiary institutions.

The lawmakers believe that the bill needs to be expanded to accommodate other forms of sexual harassment beyond higher institutions.

House Majority Leader, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC) said: “The way the bill is now is restrictive. It restricts its enforcement to only higher institutions of learning. What about secondary schools and the work place?

“I have concerns over this bill before we concur to it because it did not talk about sexual harassment in the banks, churches and homes.

“We should look for a way to widen its scope to encompass sexual harassment in other places.

But Aminu Shagari (Sokoto-APC) urged the House to go ahead with concurrence while other aspects can be included later.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, adjourned the debate pending when proper consultations on the bill have been made.