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Senate abolishes HND-BSc dichotomy

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…Extend teachers’ retirement age by 5yrs – Buhari

A PLENARY session of Nigeria’s Senate, yesterday, moved to scrap the dichotomy between Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate and first university degree holders in the country.

  Senate made the recommendation in a bill passed after third reading by the upper chamber of National Assembly which was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure.

  Speaking while presenting his report on all the six amended clauses approved by Senate, Chairman of Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Ahmad Kaita, said that only abolition of the dichotomy will give equal job opportunity to every Nigerian graduate of tertiary educational institution.

  In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, sent an executive bill to the upper chamber seeking to increase the retirement age for teachers in the country from 60 to 65 years.

  The bill also seeks to extend the years of service for teachers from 35 to 40 years.

  Buhari conveyed the request in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan under the title: Transmission of the Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021 to the National Assembly for Consideration.

  Explaining the bill as the only way to harmonise retirement age for teachers in Nigeria, Buhari added that he got the power to increase the retirement age and service years from Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

  “Pursuant to Section 58 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith the harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 for consideration by the Senate. The harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria bill 2021 seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years, and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years. While appreciating your usual expeditious consideration of this submission, please, accept Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration,” the letter reads.

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