JUST IN: Senate passes bill to end discrimination between HND, Bsc

JUST IN: Senate passes bill to end discrimination between HND, Bsc
PIC.23. SENATE CHAMBER DURING THE INAUGURATION OF THE 8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (9/6/15). 3023/9/6/2015/CH/BJO/NAN

The Senate, on Wednesday, passed a bill prohibiting the discrimination between first degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders for the purposes of employment and promotion into law.

The decision followed the consideration and adoption of a report on the Bill presented by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund at the plenary.

Ezrel Tabiowo, the Special Assistant (Press) to President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, in a statement made available to WUZUPNIGERIA on Wednesday, said the passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Chairman of the Joint Committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano Central), said, "the enactment of the bill to abolish and prohibit discrimination between First Degrees and Higher National Diploma for the purpose of employment in Nigeria  will no doubt free holders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria."

He added that the abolishment of the existing dichotomy between HND holders and graduates of Universities would meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance, as well encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks after the bill was passed, emphasised that the passage of the bill would serve as motivation for polytechnic graduates.

He, therefore, called on the public and private sectors to ensure the implementation of the bill's provisions as soon as it is signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting, Lawan said: "This particular issue has been in the front burner for a long time. I recall that in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007, this was one bill that was so important, and is one way of encouraging our Polytechnic graduates.

"That should not take away from the kind of training they receive, but, in fact, it is supposed to be a motivation for our polytechnic graduates.

"[And] I pray that the Federal Government and all those government agencies and the private sector would start to implement this by the time the President assents to this bill."

WUZUPNIGERIA recalls that the development is coming barely 24 hours after the Senate passed a Bill upgrading the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun to a University of Technology.

Senate said that the upgrade of the polytechnic, Ilaro to a university of technology would be of tremendous benefits to the host communities.

Senate also said that the institute would also provide employment as well as educational development in technological fields for teeming Nigerian youths.

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