The director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Shuaibu Ibrahim has stated that the NYSC dress code still remains a pair of khaki trouser and shirt.
He made the statement while reacting to the recent controversy on the dress code for corps members after two corps members identified as Okafor Love Obianuju with registration number EB/19C/0523 and Odji Oritsetsolaye (EB/19C/0530) were sent packing from the camp in Ebonyi state, for refusing to wear trousers given to the them in camp by NYSC officials because it was against their faith.
In a statement issued on Monday by Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC’s director of press and public relations, Ibrahim urged corps members to always adhere to the dress code.
“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,” he said.
“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 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.
“This depends on camp activity at any point in any time.”
Ibrahim said that the national NYSC camp, predicated on discipline and decency, is a training ground for corps members.
“Any other dress code contrary to the officially-sanctioned one will not promote the course of decency,” he stated.