No Hijab or skirt on NYSC uniform says senate.

The Senate has struck out a bill seeking to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act to allow the uniform worn by corps members to accommodate their religious belief.

If it had been passed corp members would have been allowed to wear skirt or hijab , among others .

Sponsor of the bill , Senator Emmanuel Bwacha ( Taraba -South ) , while leading the debate for the second reading at the plenary on Wednesday , said the proposed amendment sought to amend sections 13 and 16 of the principal Act .

He said the amendment was to “ increase the penalty for the offences contained in the Act to make such fines reflect the present value of the naira. ”

He also said the amendment was intended to “ ensure that regulations made by the NYSC directorate prescribing uniforms and exercise regimen do not violate the religious practices and beliefs of corps members . ”

Several senators who spoke on the bill however faulted its intention regarding uniform.


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