Senate Passes Bill To Prohibit Discrimination Between First Degrees, HND Holders

The Senate has passed a bill prohibiting employers of labour from discriminating between University first degree and Higher National Diploma, HND holders.

The passage of the bill was squel to consideration of a report of the Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau explained that enactment of the bill would no doubt free holders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other tertiary institutions in the country.

He said an end to the existing dichotomy between HND holders and graduates of Universities would provide the manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance.

According to him,it would also encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in public and private sectors.

President of Senate Ahmad Lawan, in a remark after the bill was passed said the passage of the bill would motivate polytechnic graduates.

Senator Lawan called on the public and private sectors to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the bill when it is signed into law by president Muhammadu Buhari.

James Itodo/Abuja

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