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Buhari: End The Dichotomy Between Bachelor Of Science And Higher National Diploma Holders Now



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By Dangana Henry Joseph and Muhammad Umar Shehu

The adage that says,you can rub Peter to pay Paul is actually going on in Nigeria now,with the disparity between graduates of higher national diploma and bachelor of science.

Going by this trend of events in the country that has placed Bcs holders above HND holders in terms of employment opportunities and promotion, in which higher national diploma holders cannot go beyond grade level 13, while BSC holers can raise up to grade level 17 before retirement from active service.

In terms of academic discipline,both the holders of the two certificates spent the same years in the school. But in the practical aspect,higher national diploma holders are ahead of the bachelor of science degree holders, this is so because in Polytechnics 70 percent of their work is practical because it is a technologically base institutions that is aimed at equipping her graduants with a technologically base knowledge that helps graduate to be self reliance even after graduating from the school.

In developed nations,higher national diploma and bachelor of science are employeed on the same grade level , holders of higher national diploma work in companies and industries as technicians , manufacturer’s and instructors, while bachelor of science work as managers , but are in the same level, even at times higher national diploma holders earn more money than bachelor of science holers.

But not in Nigeria where there are lots of disparities between them which the holders of bachelor of science are favoured over the higher national diploma holders.

To begin the journey of ending this disparities,the national assembly,both the house of representatives and Senate, passed a bill to ends the dichotomy between the two certificates. The bill which was sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure,(PDP Ondo central) to resolve the controversy ,it also seeks to promote Nigeria technological advancement by encouraging many qualified students to pursue Polytechnics and technology base studies.

However, in June: 2 : 2021,the Nigerian senate passed the bill to abolish HND/BSC dichotomy.

The bill stipulate punitive measures against any form of disparities and discrimination against holders of HND, this means the two certificates are now at equally with each other.

With the passing of the bill by the national assembly, what is now left is the president’s assent which will ensure that the growth of Polytechnic education in the country.

I can recalled vividly there was a time I had a chart with a lecturer from University and he encouraged me by telling me HND students are more committed in terms of quality than BSC holders and I ask him why? And he pointed out some rationales that draw my attention that HND holders have more experience than BSC holders when it comes to practical aspects.

Furthermore in some advanced Countries they don’t care about the certificate you have all what they are after is what you can offer as a graduate a classical example is Jailani Aliyu an automobile designer from General Motors company America and he is a Nigerian and he said “ I’ve been working in America for over a decades but nobody ever ask me of my certificate all what the care is what I can offer.” And jailani Aliyu is also a Polytechnic graduate.

I’ve seen some organisations that think the dichotomy between HND and BSC holders is not something worth because ample of them prefer people with HND certificate to work in their organisations than BSC holders just because of the experience being gain through practical in the Polytechnic.

It’s well known fact that Polytechnic in Nigeria are meant to provides their students best skill and experience in the practical aspects of a particular course of study notwithstanding the fact that they are really up to the task when it comes to practical aspects.

I wonder why Nigerian government can’t reshuffle it’s educational system in other to give people a chance to explore their potentials in a particular aspects of study be it BSC or HND let it be equal in terms of everything because to some extent people with HND certificate are more brilliant when it comes to practical aspects than BSC holders.

There, Nigeria students are calling on our dear president and authorities in charge as a matter of urgency and before the ugly situation gets out of hand ,to take the bull by the horn by signing into law the bill to end the dichotomy between the higher national diploma holders and bachelor of science holders .

Dangana Henry Joseph and Muhammad Umar Shehu
Writes from the Department of Mass Communication,Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi state.
Dangana and Umar can be reach via 08035794769

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Atiku Calls For Speedy Declaration Of Adamawa Guber Election Result




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release Adamawa State Governorship election results unfailingly today.

Atiku who is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in this February Presidential election made the call during a press conference in Yola Monday.

He calls on Nigerians and International community to mount pressure on the INEC to announce what he described as the mandate expressed by the people Adamawa people.

“I’m reaching out to Nigerians and international community to put pressure on INEC to release our results in Adamawa State today unfailingly because as the more the delay, the more the tension.

“I personally spoke with the INEC Chairman last night couple of times and pleaded with him to allow the result to be announced as stipulated by law,” Atiku added.

He observed that the actions of INEC has caused serious tension in the state that has been peaceful, saying “we don’t know any violence and yet the attitude of INEC in the state least much to be desired.”

Alh Abubakar said Adamawa is a multi ethnic and multi religious state but the action of INEC was trying to destabilize the stability that has long been existed in the state.

“We thought that the processes are improving by every election but unfortunately with this election, we have not seen improvement that we expect from INEC,” he said.

He maintained that 20 out the 21 local government results were so far collated and it was only Fufore that they tried to alter the results.

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2023 Polls: Taraba Deputy Governor, Manu Commends INEC, Calls For Peace




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Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on Saturday commended the INEC for swiftly testifying the lapses discovered during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

Manu who is also the Senator-elect representing Taraba Central, made the commendation while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after casting his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly election alongside his wife at Isa II Kofar Manu polling unit in Mutum Biyu, Gassol local government area of the state.

He said by rectifying the mistakes made during the first phase of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Tarabans will exercise their franchise without hitches.

According to him, from the information reached him, the election generally was going on peacefully, adding that people were allowed to vote for candidates of their choice without any threat.

The Senator-elect assured his constituents of quality representation at the Red Chamber and promised to ensure that the needs they highlighted for him would be achieved during his tenure.

Engr. Haruna Manu also expressed confidence that his party the PDP will win the governorship election and the majority of the state house of assembly seats in the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and embrace one another, as well as urged them to accept the outcome of the election in good faith when INEC finally declared the winners of the governorship and state assembly seats.

Our Correspondent gathered that the elections were conducted smoothly across the sixteen LGAs of the state besides Donga LGA where hoodlums destroyed ballot boxes.

He, however, observed a low turnout of voters in some areas, while in some polling units, the turnout was higher than in the Presidential and National Assembly election that took place last month.

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2023 Polls: You Are A Liar, Taraba CAN Chairman Tells Senator Bwacha 




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Hammed Abubakar, Jalingo 

The Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Taraba State Chapter, has faulted claims by the Governorship Candidate of the APC, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, that the Chairman of the association, Rev Dr. Isaiah Magaji Jirapye apologized to him over the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas, PDP Governorship candidate by CAN.

Jirapye said, “it was very unfortunate for the personality of Senator Bwacha to have lied on Channels Television that I, the CAN Chairman visited him secretly and apologized over the endorsement of Col Agbu Kefas by the CAN”.

He said that all that Senator Emmanuel Bwacha said about CAN during his interview with Channels TV should be regarded as baseless, adding that the embattled APC governorship candidate is busy chasing a white goose. 

According to the CAN Chairman, “the meeting between myself and Senator Bwacha after the endorsement of Col. Agbu Kefas was for him to take the endorsement in good fate since it was a  unanimous decision by CAN, but I am surprised to hear the Senator on Channels Television lying that I went to apologize to him over the endorsement. 

Jirapye urged Senator Emmanuel Bwacha to desist from dragging CAN in his desperation to govern the State for his selfish reasons. 

“CAN position on endorsement was a unanimous decision and not that of myself the Chairman alone so I  advise desperate politicians to desist from using my name for their selfish interests”.

CAN warns desperate politicians such as Senator Bwacha whom he said lack manners but called themselves Christians, and at the same time insult their spiritual leaders at will to trade with caution. 

CAN is shocked by the kind of outburst of cancerous anger from the Senator and pray God to deliver him from such a problem, saying People of Bwacha’s character should be watched carefully and never be entrusted with Leadership positions to govern the people. 

The Chairman noted that the endorsement of the PDP governorship candidate Col. Agbu Kefas by CAN was in the best interest of the people of the State. 

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