The Rivers State University (RSU), Port Harcourt has banned its students from tattooing their bodies and wearing “indecent” clothes on campus with immediate effect.
This was contained in an internal memo signed by the school’s registrar, Sydney Enyindah, on Friday, October 28, 2022.
Mr. Enyindah listed items considered indecent on campus including the wearing of gowns with tiny shoulder straps (spaghetti gown), short skirts, bum shorts, blouses that expose the navel (bellybutton) or breasts, leg chains and long eyelashes.
Also banned are tattoos, nose rings, earrings by male students, tinting hair in different colours, sagging trousers, torn jeans and bathroom slippers.
The registrar said the university’s senate took the decision to ban indecent dressing on campus at its meeting on September 29.
“Students are hereby directed to take note and comply accordingly as enforcement of the directive will begin immediately,” he said.
This comes as students resume back to campus after an eight-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The union went on strike to demand full implementation of agreements it had entered into with the Federal Government a few years ago.
While the strike lingered, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu Adamu, claimed that the government had resolved most of the demands of ASUU. Among the demands addressed, according to the Minister, was the release of N50 billion for the payment of earned allowances for universities’ academic and non-academic and non-academic staff.
However, ASUU refused to return to work following the government’s insistence not to pay the union’s arrears for the strike period.
The Federal Government then dragged the union to the National Industrial Court, asking the court to order the lecturer back to class. The National Industrial Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal ruled that the lecturers must return to the classroom as negotiations continue.
The union later suspended the strike following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and said that the decision was not because issues brought by the lecturers were fully addressed.