Two female corps members who turned up with others for the National Youth Service Corps’ three-week orientation exercise in Ebonyi State have been sent packing from the camp for refusing to wear trousers.
The corps members identified as Okafor Love Obianuju with registration number EB/19C/0523 and Odji Oritsetsolaye (EB/19C/0530) reportedly refused wearing the trousers given to them in camp by NYSC officials because it was against their faith.
Spokesperson of the NYSC in the state, Ngozi Ukwuoma said the corps members wore white T-shirts and skirts and all efforts to make them change their minds were rebuffed.
“When they were accosted and interrogated, they disclosed that they could not wear the white shorts and the trousers given to them by the NYSC since it was against their faith,” the statement read.
“Efforts were, however, made by the office of the Camp Director to make them see reason why they must obey the rules and regulations guiding the orientation and NYSC, but all efforts to do that proved futile.
“The corps members were queried and subsequently made to face the camp court, where they were found guilty, having made it categorically clear that they were ready to bear the consequences of their actions.
“They were de-kitted in the presence of security agents, who also escorted them to the gate as they left the camp”, the spokesperson added.