A bill to
abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between university
graduates and holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in the same
profession has passed second reading in the Nigerian Senate.
The sponsor of
the bill, Akinyelure, said the wage disparity and gross discrimination
of polytechnic graduates in the public and private sectors threaten to
derail the nation’s drive towards a technological and scientific based
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) embarked on strike in 2013 which lasted for nearly ten months.
One of the issues in dispute is the persistent discrimination and dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.
Although ASUP temporarily suspended the strike, the issue was not resolved.
consideration of the bill to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and
discrimination between university graduates and holders of the HND
certificate in the same profession has continued in the Senate,
something that many polytechnic graduates will be happy to see scale
debate, some lawmakers totally supported the bill, others insisted that
some changes needed to be made to bring both institutions at par, while a
federal lawmaker was totally against the bill.
The bill eventually passed its second reading and was sent to the Committee on Education for further legislative work.