The contention as to the regular discrimination between university graduates holding the Bachelor of Science Certificate, BSC, and their polytechnic counterparts has finally been put to rest today.
The bill which made the third reading on Wednesday, the 2nd of June, 2020, came via the ingenuity of Senator Pius Ayo Akinyelure, a Senator representing the southern senatorial district in Ondo State.
Ahmed Kaita, the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions, presented the report of his committee on the bill. Kaita assured while presenting the report, that the bill when finally passed and assented to, will boost the self-confidence in graduates of polytechnics, not even when it would contribute in no small measure to the country’s economy.
Six, out of the clauses stated, were voted by the senators and it successfully moved to the third reading.
Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President reflected on the development as bill, he saw it as being enough to encourage polytechnic graduates, not even when they are now on the same level with their university counterparts.
Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, who earlier moved a motion that the senate should look through the report of the Joint Committee on Establishment and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Prohibition of Discrimination between First Degrees and Higher National Diplomas Bill, 2021 (SB.297), was fulfilled.
It was a dream come through when the bill was seconded by Senator Sodiq Umar, and clauses 1-6 of it approved by the “Committee of the Whole.”
The Senate lent its own voice to the Green Chamber whose version of the bill was passed in May, 2019.