Written by Kess Ewubare
– The Nigerian government has addressed the dichotomy that long existed between holders of university degrees and HND in paramilitary services
– A memo issued by the federal government stated that the disparity between HND holders and university graduates has ceased to exit
– The new development implies that HND holders in all paramilitary institutions will no longer face discrimination
The federal government has removed the ranking and career progression disparity between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and degree holders in paramilitary institutions in the country.
This Day newspaper reported that the government’s decision was disclosed in a memo dated October 16, 2020.
The document was signed by Alhassan Yakmut, the secretary of the civil defence, correctional, fire, and immigration services board.
Good news for graduates as FG removes HND, Degrees’ disparity for paramilitary officers
FG says paramilitary officers who are HND graduates will no longer face discrimination over their educational qualifications. Credits: The Guardian.ng
According to the memo, all candidates recruited by the board with HND will be placed as Assistant Superintendent II CONPASS 08 level.
The memo also stated that HND holders in all paramilitary institutions in the country can rise to the highest position in their respective services without discriminatory ceiling or hindrance.
The document read in part:
“The board has withdrawn the ranking and career progression disparity between Degree and HND holders.
“Consequently, all candidates recruited by the board with HND will be placed at Assistant Superintendent II, CONPAS 08 level and can rise to the highest position in their respective Services without discriminatory ceiling or hinderance.”
The government said with new development, all ranks in the paramilitary services have been aligned with that of the Nigerian police.
It also disclosed that the new ranking system and badges of rank would be introduced soon.
Legit.ng recalls that HND certificate holders in Nigeria have always complained about reported discrimination they face in the workplace.
A coalition of HND holders in the past threatened to embark on an industrial action if the issue is not addressed by the government.
The group asked the government to implement a white paper detailing the removal of dichotomy on their career progression in public service.