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.
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Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
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Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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