The senate have passed a bill which will prohibit employers in the country from discriminating between first degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders.
During the Plenary today, Wednesday, June 2 the red chamber passes the bill followed the consideration of a report of 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 degree 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 a their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
Shekarau added that the scraping of the dichotomy that exist between first university Degree and HND of Polythetnics will not only motivate patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors but also meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance
Meanwhile, Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan said the passage of the bill will surely create an unbiased purposes and also erased sense of inferior among Polythecnics graduates, he hereby urge all sectors to implement the bill as soon as it signed by President Muhammadu Buhari