In a press release published on the Daily Observer, a pro-government newspaper, The Office of the President said it has come to their notice that certain people are “deliberately misinterpreting” the government directive which requires women to cover their hair at work.
The release stated that female staff in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are to cover their hair during official working hours; but they are not required to dress in ‘niqab’ or the full veil.
The media release reads:
“The Office of The President issued a directive that with effect from 31st December 2015 all female staff in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are no longer allowed to expose their hair during official working hours and that female staff are urged to use head tie and neatly wrap their hair.
“It has come to the attention of this Office that certain elements are deliberately misinterpreting this directive. The Office of the President wishes to restate and reiterate that the directive is for female civil servants to cover their hair during official working hours and did not ask for dressing in the niqab or the full veil.”