Senate passes bill to end discrimination between first degree and HND holders

The Senate has passed a bill that prevents employers from discriminating between first degree holders and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders.

The passing of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Joint committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Mr Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano Central), Who is the Chairman of the Joint committee, 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 elimination of the existing  division between HND holders and graduates of Universities would meet the manpower needs of Nigerians and ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance, as well as encouragep patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks, emphasised that 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 in his remark 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.”

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