End HND, BSC Holders Disparity, SSANIP Urges FG

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The senior staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP), is seeking the Federal Governments’ intervention,  to end the disparity between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and that of the Bachelor Degree (B.SC).

The National President, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (ASSANIP), Alhaji Ganitu Akineye made the appeal at the opening at the 30th National Executive Council (NEC) and General Executive Council (GEC) meetings of SSANIP at the Rivers State Polytechnic Bori, recently.

Alhaji Akinleye, noted that the discrepancy between the HND certificate and that of the B.SC is uncalled for and unnecessary.

The SSANIP boss, argued that Nigerian graduates were equal, notwithstanding the schools they attended, adding that the discrepancy is the central problem militating against graduates of the polytechnics.

He admitted that there were some problems facing his association (SSANIP) as a union and called on other institutional managements to profer solutions to such issues.

He told The Tide on Sunday that the union is currently harvesting from the labours of past SSANIP leaders saying that the right for the melfarim of staff of Nigeria polytechnic will be endless until all their desires were met.

The chairman of the occasion, Comrade Chris Oruge, praised the management of Bori Polytechnic as well as the Rivpoly branch of SSANIP over what he described as working together as partners in progress.

Comrade Oruge who doubles as the Rivers State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), also called on other to borrow a leaf from the Rivpoly management and SSANIP, saying that it is a worthwhile venture.

Also speaking, the Rector of the school (RivPoly), Prof Toku-Ibiye. g. Sokari, stressed the determination of    government to work hand-in-glove with labour unions in the institution.

Prof Sokari, noted that the management of  the school would always ensure that workers were given the required  attention in order to take the learning environment to the next level.

Meanwhile, the special guest of honour, who also is the Deputy Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Dumnamene Deekor, pointed out that the SSANIP members were the engine room of polytechnics across the federation and appealed to them to always provide the required output inorder to improve on the falling standard of education in the country.

Earlier, the chairman of SSANIP Rivpoly brench, comrade Dick Akoba, had lauded the management of Rivpoly and the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress for their relentless effort in activities concerning the union.