Reps Pass Bill Abolishing BSc, HND Discrimination

The House of Representatives has passed the bill nullifying the dichotomy between Bachelor’s degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the same field for employment.

The Bill passed its final stage yesterday in the Green Chamber when the members voted at the Committee of the Whole, presided over by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase.

The Bill, which was sponsored by a lawmaker, Edward Pwajok, during the Eighth Assembly, passed second reading in 2017.

Pwajok said research conducted on both certificates showed that the discrimination had no moral justification while presenting the Bill for second reading.

He said in some organizations, degree holders were paid N100,000 at entry-level, while their counterparts with HND were paid N70,000 monthly salary.

Pwajok stressed that in other countries, technical experts were paid higher than administrators, whereas the reverse was the case in Nigeria.

The Bill will now be sent to the Senate for concurrence and to the President for assent.



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