Public Nigerian universities are battling with the wave of indecency, notably among female students. The reign of skimpy dresses on campus has turned many campuses to fashion runways. Aside wearing short skirts, female undergraduates throw caution to the wind by displaying their boobs as a cheap means of getting attention.
“Dress to kill” is now a popular slogan in lecture halls. High heeled shoes have become common features during matriculation and convocation ceremonies. Worried by this fashion craze, some Nigerian universities have introduced dress codes under the compulsory rules and regulations guiding their students.
For instance, in Abia State University (ABSU), students are barred from wearing tight clothes, sagging of trousers, cleavages and sleeveless shirts, popularly called, ‘Spaghetti.’ Leggings and other fitted trousers are not allowed on campus, as well as skirts that do not reach down the knees.
Effort to curtail indecent dressing on campus is not limited to public tertiary institutions. For example, in Covenant University, Babcock, Bowen and other private varsities, females must decently. Wearing strapless and short blouses and sagging of shorts by boys and even girls are prohibited.
While some students commend the initiative to curtail the insanity on campus, other students see it as backward tradition that is not in accord with modern fashion trend.
Investigation by our reporters revealed that female students deliberately beg for the attention of male lecturers, especially those that they are afraid of their courses. They speak out in their dresses, visiting such lecturers in their lonely offices with dresses that speak more than words.
Our reporters gathered that female students are not the only ones guilty of this misconduct. Some young men dress like girls, sagging (placing their short or trousers below their buttocks) and also wearing earrings and weird hairstyles to win ladies’ admiration.
Our reporters also spoke with some students, who expressed their views on the introduction of dress code on campus.
Toke Liadi, 200 level Mass Communication student of Lagos State University (LASU), said: “Many schools have strict rules on indecent or crazy dressing. The rate of crazy and indecent dressing has reduced compared to three years ago. The ladies tend to dress seductively to school and social gatherings with the intention of looking “sexy” or “classy,” forgetting that they ought to look responsible and sleek.”
Christiana Okike, a 300 level student of Library and Information Science, Abia State University (ABSU), said: “In my school, the issue about dress code is very serious because if you don’t obey these rules, you can be sexually harassed and even sent back home by the school security to change into a suitable outfit.”
Other students urged management of schools to ensure full compliance to dress codes by punishing offenders. Such measures, according to them, would help in restoring sanity on campus.
By Uche Obilo & Sarah Okugo