- The compulsory use of trousers as part of the NYSC uniform has been a concern for some religious faithful in the country
- A group identified as Serve With Skirts Movement staged a protest in Abuja demanding the inclusion of skirts in the scheme's dress code
- Udochi Emmanuel, who is the group's leader, said female corps members wearing trousers evoke immorality in the camps
A group named Serve With Skirts Movement has demanded the inclusion of skirts as part of the uniform for Nigerian graduates participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Premium Times reports that members of the group staged a protest in Abuja on Wednesday, January 15, to drive home their demand.
The group said not allowing female corps members to wear skirts is a breach of their rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
Udochi Emmanuel, who is the group's leader, said female corps members wearing trousers evoke immorality in the camps.
She claimed that female corps members in the 1970s and 1980s used to wear skirts and urged the government to readopt it.
Legit.ng gathered that Emmanuel said the group may consider the legal option if dialogues and peaceful protests do not get them their demand.
One of the protesters, a serving corps member in Ebonyi state, Patience Noble, narrated how she was harassed and asked to leave the camp for insisting on wearing skirts.
She said: “As a citizen of my country, I have the right to serve the nation just like every other graduate has. They insisted that I wear this trouser or leave the camp. During the camp there were lots of insults and humiliation – one of military tore the skirts I was wearing on my body.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that two corps members in the 2019 Batch C Stream 1 in Ebonyi were dismissed from the orientation camp for refusing to wear trousers.
Identified as Okafor Love Obianuju with registration number EB/19C/0523 and Odji Oritsetsolaye (EB/19C/0530), the two ladies were sighted in camp wearing skirts in place of the white shorts required of them.
The two ladies who were spotted by the camp director, Isu Josephine, during a routine inspection, refused to wear trousers because they believe it is against their faith.
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Meanwhile, following their dismissal, the NYSC leadership released a guide and photos for proper dress code for the scheme.
In a statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Monday, November 11, 2019, the scheme said its director-general, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, was concerned about the negative perception of the scheme's dress code.
This, he said, arises mostly from some corps members' disobedience to the dictates of the code.
He noted that the NYSC has maintained one dress code which was devoid of ethnic, religious or gender biases since 22nd May 1973 when it was established.
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