Gender & EquityNewsGombe NYSC Decamps Female Corps Member For Wearing Skirt, Gives Reason
GOMBE — A female corps member spotted in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, kit with a skirt has been asked to leave the Amada Temporary Orientation Camp in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.
A few days ago, the photos of a female Corps member wearing a long skirt, as against the normal white shorts Corps members usually put on in NYSC camps, had gone viral on social media eliciting mixed reactions.
According to a press statement by the Coordinator, NYSC Gombe, Ada Imoni, the yet to be identified Corps member has been decamped for refusal to wear the appropriate uniform despite attempts by officials to warn her, stressing that they awaited appropriate decision by the headquarters.
Imoni emphasized the Corps-approved uniform, noting that sanction awaits those found defacing the uniform.
She said the penalty for wearing an unapproved uniform after being cautioned is to be decamped, which means to be asked to leave the camp while maintaining the status of a Corps member.
She added that as a Corps member, the person in question would be watched subsequently in her Place of Primary Assignment.
Her statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to pictures and videos of a corps member wearing a skirt, trending on social media, said to be decamped from NYSC Orientation Camp Amada, Gombe State.
“Every Corps member is issued kit items which include; shorts, belt, khaki jacket, khaki trouser, jungle boots, tennis shoes, crested vest, and white T-shirt, and is expected to wear such kit items throughout the duration of the service year.
“It is, therefore, an offence to deface the uniform to any form other than the one issued by Management.
“The National Youth Service Corps Bye-laws reprinted in the year 2000 Schedule 2, section 1 sub-section (I) says ‘Failure to wear the uniform provided for any particular activity PENALTY: the Corps member should be informed to go and wear the uniform, failing which he will be decamped’.”
“We wish to place on record that the said corps member blatantly refused to wear the khaki trouser and chose to wear a khaki skirt instead (A case of defacing and refusal to wear our uniform).
“She was made to face the camp court, found guilty, and subsequently decamped in accordance to the provisions of the NYSC Bye-laws.
“The NYSC Secretariat Gombe has compiled and forwarded a report on the Corps member and awaits further directives from our National Directorate Headquarters.”
By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)
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