Why we 'abuse' NYSC uniforms - Corpers cried out

The abuse of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) uniform by the corps members is becoming alarming.
NYSC has certain standard dressing code which every Corp Member is mandated respect: The standard dressing is the green Khaki trouser, with the white polo shirt or the NYSC crested vest and either white sneakers or the jungle boots.
But the reverse is now the case as Corp Members now wear their khakis with different colours of polo shirts, different colours of shoes and at times different shades of trousers. Some go as far as getting the khaki material to customize something different from what the authority approved.

However, a Corps Member confessed that they were taught how to dress in camp even when wearing the right outfit,

"Even with the right outfit, there are ways we were told not to dress as that will be an abuse of the uniform.
"Yes I remember soldiers in camp telling us never to tie our khaki jackets around our waist. If we are not wearing it as a jacket then we should keep it.
"Some soldiers even punished us while in orientation camp for abusing the uniform one way or the other", a female Corps Member said.
Corp members are supposed to wear their NYSC uniforms on the days of their CDS, biometrics or when going for anything official which concerns the scheme.
So far, this has not been properly adhere.

However, some of the corps members gave reasons they abuse the uniform.

Some corp members said they do not like the uniform, so they go for something they believe is better to make them feel more comfortable.

A corps member identified as 'Justin Ove' said,
"I dont like the uniform we were given in camp and I never got my size of the jungle boot so I wear something else that I am comfortable in".

Another corp member said he did not want to be associated with the uniform as people always call him, "corper" or "otondo" thus showing disrespect.

A corps member, Blessing said,
"As a corp member walking on the street or wherever you find yourself, people just feel they have the right to call you out and its annoying. Even a taxi driver or hawker on the street will be shouting "corper corper", "Otondo", "Ajuwaya" etc, and it's annoying the way they call it and expect you to answer all the time. Its almost like they are making fun of us".

A corps member, Gold, said,
"One of my corper friends, who is a doctor said she will rather wear normal clothes to office than anything NYSC uniform because she’s more respected when she’s like that".

Corper Chiamaka also gave her own reason,
"At times PPA (Place of Primary Assignment) where they are serving makes them not to be proud or comfortable with the uniform and seeing them in ‘corper’ uniform belittles them and they feel uncomfortable because of their ego and pride".

Many corps members did not give their real names, while some others did not give their names; one reason for that is there is NYSC law that forbid Corps Members from granting interview to news men.

So, some who would not give their names for obvious reasons, said they want to look good and since they see others ‘adjust’ their uniforms and it looks good, then it is okay.

"I love to look good in whatever I wear and the khaki never makes me look good plus the low quality and different shades of khaki shared in camp, trust me you won’t look good",  anonymous Corps Members said.
"After all efforts to adjust the khaki to your size, it ends up going out of shape/style and then you have to go (and) get the material and sew something for yourself".

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