Why dichotomy between HND and University degree holders was scrapped- Senate
The Senate has scrapped the dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma certificate and the University degree holders in the country.
The bill which passed the third reading on the floor of the plenary was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure and was presented by the chairman senate committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND, Ahmad Kaita.
All the amended six clauses were approved by the senate.
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 freeholders 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, and as well encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the passage of the bill would serve as motivation for polytechnic graduates.
He 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.
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.