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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