FG Ends Age-Long Disparity Between University, Polytechnic Graduates

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Jubilation As Presidency Ends Dichotomy Between B.Sc/ HND Holders The federal government of Nigeria has put an end to the dichotomy between graduates of BSc/ HND.

This development was issued in a communique by Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF) on Sunday, April 22. It was gathered that beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cancellation of the difference between university and polytechnic graduates in the civil service have commended him for the development. While the disparity had before now restricted polytechnic graduates to certain Salary Grade Level (SGL) in the civil service, it took the intervention of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) to address and solve the issue in their favour. Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF), in a statement dated Monday, March 26, relayed the decision of the NCE to all concerned and solicited their support for implementation.

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The circular indicated that NCE approved entry point of SGL 08 for HND holders in the civil service. It also encouraged serving HND officers to fulfil all specified conditions as contained in the scheme of service and extant rules for career progression beyond SGL 14. Ahmad Yabagi, the head of the umbrella body of the beneficiaries, the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), told newsmen on Sunday, April 22 in Abuja, that the decision has paved the way for career building. “We are glad that this monster called dichotomy that has been a big threat to the development of technology in Nigeria has been defeated.

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NATE has therefore resolved to support and partner with the Federal Government in the quest to bequeath entrepreneurial skills to Nigerian youths as a means to turn around the economic fortune of Nigeria,” Yabagi stated. Yabagi, however, advised all government agencies to see that the resolution contained in the circular is implemented throughout the country.

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