Senate rejects bill proposing skirts for NYSC female members

A bill sponsored by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP- Taraba) for the option of wearing skirts by members of the National Youth Service Corps was rejected by the lawmakers after it wqs debated on yesterday. According to Senator Bwachi, he said the bill is to amend sections 13 and 16 of the principal Acts that rules over the religious rights of some of the corps members. 

Bwacha, who is Deputy Minority Leader, noted that the NYSC was a laudable scheme established in 1973 by the then military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon. 

The amendment being suggested is not even worth the trouble. This is because the powers to prescribe uniform is what the NYSC Act is to the Directorate. “I believe if the directorate wants to change the uniform at any time, it is a matter of deciding because it only has power to prescribe the type of uniform.  The type of uniform is even not prescribed; so I don’t know why we should trouble ourselves; all you need to do is to put pressure on the directorate to change the uniform but not necessarily to change the law.  All the religious organisations that are feeling oppressed by it should put pressure and lobby the directorate to change its dress code,” Adokwe said.
A voice vote was taken and the senators rejected the bill. 

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