The House of Representatives has passed the Bill abolishing the dichotomy between first degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the same field for the purpose of employment.
The Bill passed its final stage yesterday in the Green Chamber when the members voted at the Committee of the Whole, presided over by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase.
The passage of the Bill followed a unanimous adoption of a report of the House Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund after conducting hearing on the Bill.
The Bill, which was sponsored by a lawmaker during the Eighth Assembly, Edward Pwajok, passed second reading in 2017.
While presenting the Bill for second reading, Pwajok said a research conducted on both certificates showed that the discrimination had no moral justification.
The lawmaker said those with first degree were placed on Grade Level 8, while those with HND in the same field were placed on Grade Level 6 or 7.
He said in some organisations, degree holders were paid N100,000 at entry level, while their counterparts with HND were paid N70,000 monthly salary.
Pwajok stressed that in other countries, technical experts were paid higher than administrators.
He said the reverse was the case in Nigeria.
The Bill will now be sent to the Senate for concurrence and to the President for assent.Subscribe to our free email updates