Having suffered discrimination and stagnation at their various work places, Holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in the public service have asked the National Industrial Court to compel the Federal Government to reverse its policies discriminating against them in remuneration and promotion.

Suing under their umbrella body, the Registered Trustees of Higher National Diploma Holders Association of Nigeria (RTHNDHAN), the plaintiffs want the court to declare that they had suffered discrimination and stagnation at their workplaces.

They want the court to order the defendants to pay each of them N1milllion as compensation and grant them accelerated promotion to cushion the effect of their stagnation and the resultant trauma.
Named as defendants are the head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

The plaintiffs, comprising holders of HND certificates from the polytechnics, monotechnics and other recognised related institutions, are seeking an order that equal opportunities should forthwith be given HND holders and first degree holders in appointment and career progression at workplaces.

They also wanted the court to declare that the non-implementation of a government White Paper, which among others, directed that “the undue dichotomy and ceiling on rank attainable by HND holders should be removed” was a discrimination and an infringement on the rights of HND holders.

They said no law in the country, including the constitution, prohibited HND holders from reaching the highest grade level (GL.17) in the federal public service.

The judge ordered parties to file the necessary preliminary processes and adjourned till January 15.

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