The House of Representatives has passed the bill abolishing dichotomy between first Degree holders and Higher National Diploma, HND holders in the same field for the purpose of employment.

It was gathered that the bill passed its final stage at green chambers on
Tuesday in Abuja, when members voted at the Committee of the Whole
presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase.

The passage was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a report of the
House Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund after conducting
hearing on the bill. The bill which was sponsored by a lawmaker at the
8th Assembly, Edward Pwajok passed second reading in 2017.

Pwajok, while presenting the bill for second reading, said a research
conducted on both certificates, showed that the discrimination had no
moral justification. He also added that those with first degree were
placed on Grade Level 8, while those with HND in the same field were
placed on Grade Level 6 or 7.

The lawmaker noted that in some organisations, degree holders were
paid 100,000 naira at entry level, while their counterparts with HND
were paid 70,000 naira monthly salary.

He stressed that in other countries, technical experts were paid higher
than administrators, saying that the reverse was the case Nigeria. The bill
will now be sent to the Senate for concurrence and then to the President
for assent.