June 18, 2015 – University Of Maiduguri, UNIMAID Bans Students From Carrying Handbags Over Boko Haram Attacks
Elegant ladies who cannot do without their handbags should consider the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in Borno State capital a no-go area. Reason: the school management has introduced a regulation that bars female students from coming into the campus with opaque handbags. All students, the school said, must carry their personal effects in transparent bags if they must come to the campus.
The university introduced the rule because of the security situation in the state.
Borno State has been the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency.
The ban on handbag has made the school unattractive for dress-to-kill ladies, who like to come to the class with expensive colourful handbags. The authorities said the decision was reached to tighten security measure on the campus in the face of growing incidence of suicide bombing by women, who place explosives in impervious materials to wreak havoc in the city.
But, the ban seems not to go well with most female students, who said they feel incomplete without their handbags. Carrying their handbags, they said, gives them a lady-like and classy outlook, saying they cannot continue to swing their arms like guys.
For most ladies, handbags represent their world of secret. In addition to being an accessory of fashion, ladies’ handbag can contain survival kits, such as mobile phones, tampons, make-up, money hair strengtheners, laptops, keys and clothes.
As the school now wants students to carry transparent bags and wallets, the ladies said their male counterparts would use the opportunity to invade their privacy.
A student, who did not want her name mentioned, said her designer handbags make her to look elegant. “I don’t know how I will cope, as a lady with high sense of fashion, not carrying my expensive designer handbags,” she said.
Some ladies, who spoke with CAMPUSLIFE, said they prefer to go out with big handbags because they can carry along most of the things they need for a whole day. A 300-Level Pharmacy student, who simply call her name Sarah, said: “Women love big handbags because it enables them carry electronic gadgets, such as phones and laptops in one place. It is not good if the bags are transparent because they will attract attention to the content.”
Since the school management announced the ban, Sarah said she has lost many of her personal effect, such as money and books.
A Mass Communication student, who identified herself as Rachael, said: “I love to carry hand bag because I can keep make-up essentials, body splashes and hand sanitisers close for use. Now, I can only go out with my books. With handbag, one only needs to walk in to any restroom to freshen up. With transparent bags they want us to use, there is no way we can carry our sanitary materials to ease ourselves.”
Joshua Abraham, a medical student, said it has been hard for him to cope since the ban on the use of bags.
“I can no longer go out with my laptop and my voluminous textbooks; it has been difficult for me to cope,” he said.
The management is not planning to rescind the decision anytime soon, except the insurgency is brought under the control. This means that the content of the bags students are required to carry must been seen by everyone.
[Campus Life, The Nation]