B.A,B.Sc And HND Carry The Same Weight-Senate

The Nigerian senate has ordered the abolishment of the discrimination between holders of university’s first degree and polytechnic’s Higher National Diploma, better known as HND.
The upper legislative chamber gave the order or Wednesday having gone through the third reading and passed the bill which seeks to halt the dichotomy placed the two by employers of labour. The bill became law following plenary consideration of reports of both the Senate Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters as well as the Tertiary Institutions and TETfund.
While reading the joint committee’s report, it’s chairman, Senator Ibrahim Shekerau, noted that “The enactment of the Bill to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first degrees and HND 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.”
Senator Shekrau added that the abolishment of the existing dichotomy between the two qualifications will help meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and boost corporate governance, as well as encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in the public and private sectors.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawal, noted that the passage of the bill into law will serve as a motivation for HND holders which he said, “…has been in the front burner for a long time.”
Lawal, who recalled that the bill was one important concern that was before the house of representatives between 2003 and 2007, pointed out passing it into law was a way of encouraging the nation’s polytechnic graduates.
Sponsor of the bill, PDP Senator representing Ondo Central, Ayo Akinyelure, explained that the bill was proposed to resolve the controversy over wage differential and gross discrimination against HND holders in the public and private sectors of the economy. According to him, the law seeks to promote the country’s technological advancement drive by encouraging many qualified young Nigerians to pursue polytechnic and technological studies.
Akinyelure reiterated that the long standing discrimination against HND holders is a threat to the nation’s core policy thrust of evolving a technological and scientifically based society which he noted is represented by polytechnic education. Findings according to him, indicate that some polytechnic graduates are, in certain instances, better on the field than their university counterparts.
“A government employment policy that places degree holders ahead of HND holders without recourse to the skill and ability of the HND holders, does more harm than good to the nation’s development plans,” Akinyelure said.
The bill is scheduled to be transmitted to the President Muhammadu assent.
Meanwhile, the senate acknowledged receipt of the Executive Order Bill from President Buhari which seeks to raise the retirement age of the country’s teachers from 60 to 65 years. The letter also requested the upper chamber to consider upping teacher’s service years from 35 to 40 years.
According to the letter titled, Transmission of the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021, President Buhari noted: “Pursuant to Section 58, subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I forward herewith The Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021, for consideration by the Senate.”
“The Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021 seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years, and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years.
It would be recalled that President Buhari approved a special salary scale and new retirement age for teachers in October 2020 as part of the commemorations of World Teachers’ Day.

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