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Civil Servants In Osun State Refuse To Take Off Hijabs During Data Capture


Civil Servants In Osun State Refuse To Take Off Hijabs During Data Capture

According to an online report, female civil servants in Osun State has blatantly refused to remove their head garbs hijabs during a Data Capture exercise currently going on in the state.

Some of the female workers, who spoke to Channels TV, alleged that the agency in charge of the exercise, Chams Ltd, was forcing them to remove their head cover for data capturing.

“I explained to them that I’ve been doing screening and I’ve never been forced to open my hijab,” she said.

Another woman who claimed to be a staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, LAUTECH, stated that she was sent away because she refused to remove her hijab.

“Some sisters complied and they opened their hijab but because I did my National Identity Card and Voters Card, nobody asked me to open my hijab. That is why I refused,” she said. “They didn’t attend to me till I left after 5PM on Monday. I think the Governor should call them to order and stop humiliating us.”

Another staff of the state government, who simply identified herself as Rahmat, said:

 “I don’t know why I would compromise my religion because of mere data capturing that I’ve been doing for a long time. I believed that Chams was appointed by the government to screen and not to humiliate Muslims. I would not take it easy if they insist that I should remove my hijab because I will still go back,”

The LAUTECH Muslim community has however taken control of the issue and have vowed to protest officially if the complaints persist.

A compromise was however also reached by the head of Chams Ltd in Osogbo, promising that the Muslims and others would be allowed to do the capturing without uncovering their hair.

Source: Channels TV

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