The Senate, on Wednesday, passed a bill seeking to prohibit the discrimination between the University degree holders and the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in the country. The bill was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure and passed the third reading during Wednesday’s plenary session.
The Chairman of the Joint Committee which worked in the legislation Senator Ibrahim Shekerau said the bill will free the holders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria. He added that the abolishment of the existing dichotomy between HND holders and graduates of Universities would meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance, as well encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.
Senator Ibrahim Shekarau earlier moved that the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Joint Committee on Establishment and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Prohibition of Discrimination between First Degrees and Higher National Diplomas Bill, 2021 (SB.297). The motion was seconded by Senator Sadiq Umar seconds and Senate dissolves into Committee of the Whole to consider the report.
The Senate in the Committee of the Whole and Plenary then considered and approved Clauses 1-6.