Fuad Laguda Proposes Legislation to Outlaw Discrimination Against HND Graduates

Chairman, House Committee on Polytechnic and Technical Education, Fuad Laguda representing Surulere Constituency 1 has introduced a Bill seeking to “break and criminalize the dichotomy and discrimination of holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND).”

“The Higher National Diploma Discrimination (Prohibition) Bill, 2024, which has now passed the first reading, is the second Bill sponsored by Honourable Fuad Laguda since being elected into the Green Chamber, 100 days ago.

According to the Lagos Rep, ‘With the passage of the bill into law, it will break and criminalize the dichotomy and discrimination of holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND).’

Vanguard reported how students of polytechnics in Nigeria stormed Osogbo, Osun State capital, last month, protesting against the continuous disparity between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor’s degree (BSc).

“We are here today to send a signal to our father, President Tinubu, to put in the presidential signature to this bill and end the HND/BSc dichotomy before May 29, 2024.

“We observed that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been assenting to many bills, but the HND/BSc dichotomy act hasn’t been attended to.

“Polytechnic students and graduates are one of the major groups that support this government; we shouldn’t be treated like an outcast in our nation; this HND/B.Sc. dichotomy has rendered many Polytechnic graduates as second-class citizens, causing a lot of discouragement to the upcoming generation who has the intention to attend Polytechnic in Nigeria.”

Written by Taiwo Afolayan

Taiwo is a multinational award-winning Art & IT Consultant and a Certified Management Consultant. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fashionistar Africa, Founder of Argitech Limited, and an SDGs Advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital artistry, analytics, and photography. He enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and cycling.

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