The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has finally accepted the use of Niqob (veil) for all Muslim women in the school.
Recall that the school management banned the use of Niqab in 2021, leading to criticism from Muslims and human rights groups.
On September 11, 2023, Muslim students in their numbers, took to the University’s gate, carrying placards with different inscriptions to protest against the bullying and victimization by the school management against students wearing Niqab.
The students said it is beyond any justification for the school management to allow some students to roam almost naked around the school premises and have issues with Muslim students who are covering their bodies with niqabs.
However, the school management at its Special Meeting held on Friday, September 29, 2023, finally bowed to the pressure and okayed the use of niqab for all female Muslims students
The school management in the circular issued confirming the development approved the recommendations on students’ dress code as follows:
i. Every student using veil must register with the Student Affairs Division through a recognized religious body on the Campus;
ii. He/she must identify him/herself facially and with his/her identity card to the Security personnel at the gate of the University;
iii. Any student using veil is free to use it while in open places or moving around the Campus;
iv. He/she must identify him/herself facially and with his/her identity card at the entry point of public facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, lecture theatres, clinic, farms, etc;
v. He/she must facially identify him/herself and with his/her identity card and must not use the veil during Continuous Assessment Test (CAT) and Examinations and can sit in the front row of the class; and
vi. Facial identification of veiled female students should be done by either female security personnel, female staff or any responsible female student.