Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State has banned civil servants in the state from wearing native attire, kaftans, and babanriga to offices from Monday to Thursday. The directive applies to both males and females. He added that any officer who fails to comply with the directive will be dismissed from the service. However, the governor allowed civil servants to wear traditional attire on Fridays, aligning with Jummat prayer day.
Mr. Bago gave the order during the presentation of land development and preparation equipment at the Brains and Hammers Rice City, Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi Farm, Chakwa Community in Wushishi Local Government Area.
“From Monday to Thursday, there will be no kaftan, no babanriga. We came to work. Whoever wants to wear babanriga should leave work; that’s what we will do,” the governor stated.
According to him, civil servants should adopt a more business-like dress code during the workweek, stressing the need for them to look like workers focused on wealth creation rather than adopting noble attire.
The governor clarified that this choice is a component of his administration’s effort to dispel the myth that working in the civil service entails nothing but an office job and ostentatious attire with little potential to generate money.
The governor announced that N250,000 would be given to women and youth to support their farming endeavours to increase young participation in agriculture.