Senate passes Bill seeking to eliminate discrimination between HND, B.Sc. holders

Senate passes Bill seeking to eliminate discrimination between HND, B.Sc. holders

The Senate has passed a bill prohibiting employers of labour from discriminating between university degree holders and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate holders.

This was sequel to the adoption of a report by the Senate Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND at plenary on Wednesday, June 2.

Presenting the report, Committee Chairman, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (APC-Kano), said the bill would help free HND holders from stagnation in public and private sectors and ensure balanced treatment for them with their university counterparts.

He said an end to the existing dichotomy between HND holders and university graduates would ensure the provision of the manpower needs of the country, ensure social justice and enhance corporate governance.

According to him, the bill will encourage patriotic contributions among HND employees in the public and private sectors.

President of Senate Ahmad Lawan said the passage of the bill would motivate polytechnic graduates; in both private and public sectors for better productivity.

He urged public and private sector operators; to ensure the implementation of the bill when signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This particular issue has been on 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.

“I pray that the Federal Government and all those in government agencies and the private sector; would start to implement this by the time the President assented to the bill,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Senate has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clamp down on illegal roadside retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

This, the Senate said was to enhance safety in the country.

The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (APC-Ogun) during plenary on Tuesday, June 1.

The motion was “On the need to curb the rising cases of gas-related fire incidences; explosions; and deaths in Ogun”.

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The Senate also urged DPR to step up the clampdown on illegal roadside retailers of LPG; who operate without a valid licence or who operate within residential areas.

 

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