- Federal government has insisted that HND graduates cannot rise above grade level 14 in the public service
- The head of civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, made this disclosure when asked about the dichotomy status between HND and B.sc holders
- Oyo-Ita, however, disclosed that HND holder can enter into public service on grade level 08, the same level with B.sc holders
Following the decision of the federal government to end the dichotomy rift between Higher National Diploma (HND) and a university degree, more facts have emerged that HND holders may be made to face some promotional bias.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, February 7, the federal government, through the head of civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, disclosed that the council submitted that an HND holder could henceforth enter into public service on grade level 08, the same entrance level for B.Sc holder, Tribune reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the head of civil service of the federation, however, noted that someone who holds an HND cannot be promoted above level 14, except such a person acquired an additional degree for his or her promotion to officer cadre that can only terminate at grade level 17.
She said: "This issue of HND/B.Sc dichotomy came up after the last National Council on Establishment and I think a lot of people are still confused about the policy.
"What was approved by the council was that henceforth the HND holder can enter at the same level with B. Sc, which is level 08.
"But the issue of where they stop still remains that they will terminate at grade level 14 unless they are able to acquire additional relevant degree that can now convert them to officer cadre."
Oyo-Ita also noted that her office has doused down the tension arising from the tussle generated by the promotion examination for deputy director and administration involving 97 officers, pending since 2017.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported Winifred Oyo-Ita had said she was committed to reforms that would be geared towards ensuring that the nation's civil service became efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred.
Oyo-Ita made this assurance on Wednesday, May 23, at a sensitisation workshop on the 2017-202 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan organised for civil servants in the directorate level in Abuja.
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