The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has approved white, shoulder-length hijabs for religious purposes for its female Muslim corps members.
This was contained in a statement obtained by PUNCH in Abuja.
The NYSC also said it would only allow three types of dressing to be used for different occasions by corps members.
“The modes of dressing for corps members are classified into three categories, which are used for different occasions. One, within the camp during the orientation programme, their normal attire, except otherwise directed, consists of a pair of white shorts with a white vest and white canvas shoes and socks,” the statement said.
“Two, for ceremonial purposes, the proper dressing is crested vest on top of a pair of Khaki trousers with a pair of jungle boots and socks with the trouser folded inside the socks. The belt and the Fez cap are to match
“Three, for Man O’War activities at the camp and Community Development Service programmes, they are expected to appear in a jacket and trousers with the plain white vest inside, the jungle boot and the Fez cap, as well as a customised belt to match.”
It added that the use of the hijab was not part of the corps’ uniform but that corps members could use a “white hijab that drops at shoulder level for religious purposes.”