… As Senate passes bill to end discrimination between first degree and HND holders …
The Senate has passed the bill to end the discrimination between first degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders.
Based on the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, the bill scaled the final stage in the upper Chamber.
During the presentation of the Joint Committee’s report, 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.”
The bill awaits the attestation of President Muhammad Buhari, before it becomes a law.
What Happens if the President approves the Bill
Approving the bill by President Buhari means that:
1. HND and BSC holders will have access to equal job opportunities,
2. They will have access to equal salary structure,
3. There will be no discrimination between HND and BSC holders.
4. Polytechnics in Nigeria will receive more recognition.
Reacting to the development, The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the passage of the bill would serve as motivation for polytechnic graduates.