The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reportedly banned its female staff from wearing miniskirts and jeans trousers to work.
This is contained in a statement released by NPA, general manager, Hadiza Bala Usman, warning that erring staff will be adequately sanctioned.
The statement read:
“It has been observed that despite the issuance of a couple of circulars vide HQ/GMHR/CON/G.3/128 of 25th August, 2008 and HQ/CR/AD/G.1/3039 of 19th December, 2014 on corporate Dress Code, some employees still indulge in improper dressing to the office.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby reiterated that inappropriate dressings such as tight jeans trousers, cut-off trousers, mini-skirts/dresses, tummy and navel shirt transparent/exposing outfits, spaghetti strapped dresses, mismatched clothes, rubber slippers, tattered shoes and rough hairstyles, (to mention but a few) that are unnecessary distractions would no longer be condoned and will henceforth attract appropriate sanctions.
“In view of the foregoing and to further maintain a positive corporate image of a reputable organisation, all divisional, departmental and sectional heads, especially heads of personnel are once again enjoined to ensure monitoring of compliance of employees dressings with emphasis on decent, moderate and smart national and formal English wears.”
Nigerians have expressed their dissatisfaction over the ban, wondering why the management will be focusing on less important matter when there are more pressing issues that affect the country that it could actually tackle.
Popular talk show host Funmi Iyanda, also slammed the ban by NPA.
Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman was appointed as NPA’s Managing Director last month by President Buhari, before then, she was the Chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and also a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.