The newly elected president of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) Olugbenga Adeyeye has called on the Federal Government to put an end to the discrimination between polytechnic and university students concerning their certificates obtained upon graduation.
He made this call on behalf of others during his inaugural ceremony at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State recently.
Adeyeye disclosed that the federal and state governments’ attitude to polytechnic graduates is embarrassing, adding that this is borne out of ignorance regarding the place of polytechnic education to the overall technological development of the country.
“The 2005 promise made by the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to end the disparity between Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelors degree (Bsc) is still a disturbing issue as the discrimination is still affecting polytechnic graduates anywhere they find themselves,” he said.
The new president reaffirmed his administration stance against continuous disparity between holders of the two certificates in the labour market.
He argued that the disparity had hindered career progression of HND holders in the core civil service.
Adeyeye however appealed to the government to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between holders of the two certificates who studied the same or related courses.
He also demanded that the Federal Government should invest more on technical facilities because it was the reason polytechnic was established.
“We will meet with the National Assembly to dialogue and if no positive responses, the polytechnic student will carry out a peaceful campaign on the streets,” he noted.
In his remark, the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Dzukogi promised to support the students in any of the genuine course.
The outgoing President of NAPS, Mr. Ogbonnaya Sunday during his farewell speech re-echoed that the dichotomy was uncalled for and should therefore abolished without further delay.
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