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HND, varsity degree certificates disparity in paramilitary services removed – FG

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NIGERIAN government has taken a stance on the long existing dichotomy existing between holders of university degree and HND in paramilitary services

  This was disclosed in a memo issued by the federal government dated October 16, 2020, and released to the media; abolishing the disparity between HND holders and university graduates in the paramilitary service.

  The new development implies that HND holders in all paramilitary institutions will no longer face discrimination.

   Contained in the memo include the removal of ranking and career progression disparity between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and degree holders in paramilitary institutions in the country.

  According to the document signed by the secretary of the Civil Defense, Correctional, Fire, and Immigration Services Board,   Alhassan Yakmut, federal government will no longer entertain discrimination over educational qualifications of paramilitary officers who are HND graduates and their university degree counterpart.

  The memo further says, all candidates recruited by the board with HND will be placed as Assistant Superintendent II CONPASS 08 level, while 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  The document read in part: “The Board has withdrawn the ranking and career progression disparity between Degree and HND holders.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 hindrances.”

  The government said with the 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.

  It will be recalled that HND certificate holders in Nigeria had 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 fails to get government’s attention.

  The group had asked the government to implement a white paper detailing the removal of dichotomy on their career progression in public service.

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