Looks like the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is tired of corps members refusing to adhere to its stated dress code, so it is again stating it.
In a statement by its Director-General Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, according to Punch, the refusal to adhere to the corps’s dress code was decried, Ibrahim saying:
The DG notes with great concern the negative perception of the scheme’s dress code, arising mostly from some corps members’ disobedience to the dictates of the code.
For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme has maintained one dress code since May 22, 1973 when it was established, devoid of ethnic, religious or gender bias.
The DG reiterated the dress code and explained why it is what it is. He said:
The code remains a pair of khaki trousers and shirt; crested vest, white vest, a pair of white shorts, a pair of zebra-striped socks, a pair of jungle boots, a pair of canvas, belt and fez cap.
Any other dress code contrary to the officially-sanctioned one will not promote the course of decency.
[A woman embarking on obstacle crossings and other physical training activities on camp, including parade, in a skirt or gown will be exposed] indecently, thus, leaving little or nothing to imagination.
The DG also discussed instances in the which the code has been flouted, and the small exception that exists.
The management observed with dismay the defacing of the NYSC uniform by some corps members by reshaping their khaki trousers, making them skin-tight, which unduly exposes their curvatures, particularly the female corps members.
Some others, in the name of religion, turn the pair of trousers issued to them into skirts.
The scheme, therefore, considers the unwholesome act as an affront to decency on one hand and constituted authority on the other.
It was for that reason that the scheme came up with the policy of having prospective corps members sign undertaking forms to the effect that they will not deface the NYSC uniform, but abide by the dress code for corps members.
Rather, the scheme permits the use of white hijab, which must not be more than shoulder length and must be tucked into the uniform.
The policy of allowing hijab, which does not deface the NYSC uniform, is not new, as it has been there.
The NYSC wishes to assure Nigerians and place on record that it will continue to be single-minded in pursuit of its core mandate of achieving a united, integrated, egalitarian and hate-free nation.
It shall never do anything untoward to undermine or abridge gratuitously the rights of individuals or institutions based on parochial considerations.