Are you a staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), with a love for trendy jeans trousers, miniskirts, ripped jeans, spaghetti tops, tummy exposing clothes and the likes?
Then you have to discard them all and stock your wardrobes with native attires, 'Agbadas, Ankara, Iro, Buba, and wrappers, because the new Managing Director of the government parastatal, Hadiza Bala Usman, has banned its staff from wearing miniskirts and jeans trousers.
In a memo signed by Usman and circulated to all staff, the management states that inappropriate dressings such as tight jeans trousers and mini-skirts and dresses by its staff would no longer be condoned and will attract appropriate sanctions.
The circular made available to Pulse, reads in part:
“It has been observed that despite the issuance of a couple of circulars 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 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 organization, 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.”
This directive is coming barely a month after Usman, a former founding member of the Bring Back Our Girls group, was appointed the Managing Director of NPA, and on assuming office, she had told top management staff to join her to make the ports authority a model agency.
“We will listen to our customers, importers, exporters and other agencies working in the Ports to improve on our service delivery to the nation.
Anything less than world-class services is simply not acceptable; attaining such heights is a mission to which I am certain we can all subscribe,” she had said in her first interaction with her team.