Following the ban on indecent dressing by the management of the University of Jos, concerned members of the public are asking how an institution can determine what constitutes indecent dressing. It could be recalled that the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Maimako, had on Wednesday, May 3, instructed security agencies in the university to arrest any student whose dressing assaulted the sensibilities of the members of the university community. Prof. Maimako said this during the matriculation ceremony of the institution. The question is what kind of dressing “assaults the sensibilities of the public?”
This question comes because UNIJOS is not the first institution to ban indecent dressing and neither is it the first to instruct security agencies to stop students from entering the university campus if they dressed indecently. Yet what we see on campuses as dress code is disturbing. What could be described as indecent dressing? Do you think using security people to tackle indecent dressing is the solution?