Civil service: FG moves to resolve HND/degree disparity

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BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI

Ilorin—The Federal Government will soon resolve the age-long complaints of holders of Higher National Diploma, HND certificates over discriminations against them in favour of degree holders, in the areas of salary, promotion and other fringe benefits.

Already, a meeting of all the Heads of Civil Service of the 36 states of the federation has  been scheduled for Ilorin, the Kwara State capital between Monday, February 24 and Friday 28, 2014 to thrash out the knotty issues relating to work schedule and qualifications said to be among the problems causing the disparity between holders of the two certificates.

The Kwara State Head of Service, Alhaji Dabarako Mohammed spoke on the issue at a news briefing in Ilorin, yesterday.
Mohammed explained that the rivalry in the area of job schedule between holders of the two certificates would be thoroughly discussed and the issue put to rest once and for all.

“This issue of disparity between holders of HND and degree has been agitating the minds of many Nigerians. It is a very sensitive issue. We will use this needed platform to discuss it once and for all and put the matter to rest. We will discuss their work schedule and make clarifications about it,’’ he said.

According to Mohammed, apart from the Heads of Service, relevant permanent secretaries, directors and deputy directors in 36 states of the federation were among top government functionaries expected to attend the conference.

He described the disparity in academic qualification as sensitive issue, adding that the meeting would  thrash out the matter for harmonious working relationship in the nation’s civil service.

 

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