ASUP to Buhari: Sign BSC/HND Dichotomy Bill before May 29
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law the bill to abolish BSC/HND dichotomy before he leaves office on May 29.
National President of ASUP, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, who made the call in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, said the dichotomy had made young Nigerians not to be interested in polytechnic education in the country.
He said it would be a memorable legacy if President Buhari assents to the dichotomy bill before he exited office.
He said: “We are urging President Buhari to go ahead and sign that bill into law. That is another way of saving this sector. As we speak, the Roman figures are dropping significantly so because the sector is losing its attraction to young people
“So we expect him to sign this bill. Other stakeholders in the sector have also been calling for him to do so. It will be an enduring legacy if Mr. President succeeds in doing this before he leaves office.”
He contended that stakeholders in the polytechnic education sector had urged the Ninth National Assembly to pass the “Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma.”
The National Assembly in 2021 passed the “Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma in the Same Profession/Field for the Purpose of Employment; and for Related Matters,” and has presented it to President Buhari for assent before it can become a law.
The bill is seeking to legislate the discrimination of polytechnic graduates from their university counterparts in employment and promotion in the workplace.
The bill also seeks to end the discrimination that stakeholders in the polytechnics have, which for long they sought an end to.
The piece of legislation, sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, passed the third reading on the floor of the Senate at plenary.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Ahmad Kaita, presented his report and all the amended six clauses were approved by the Senate.
Chairman of the Joint Committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano Central), said, “The enactment of the bill to abolish and prohibit discrimination between First Degrees and Higher National Diploma for the purpose of employment in Nigeria will no doubt freeholders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Unlike graduates of universities, HND holders cannot rise to Grade Level GL 17 in the civil service.
Also, at the entry-level in the civil service, Polytechnic graduates are placed on GL 07 while university graduates are placed on. (vanguard)
Family grieves as varsity student slumps, dies after final exams
A 500-Level Mechanical Engineering student of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Ayomide Oduntan, last Thursday, slumped and died on campus, throwing his family into mourning.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Oduntan died on the day he sat for his last examination in the school.
Our correspondent sighted a short video clip of the student celebrating after writing his final examination shortly before he reportedly slumped and died.
The final-year student, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday in October, was said to have been rushed to the school hospital for medical care after he slumped.
An uncle of the deceased, Wale Saliu, told our correspondent that family members were still in shock over the news of the sudden death of their son who he claimed was not known to be sick.
Saliu said, “He called his mother after sitting for his final examination on Thursday last week to tell her that he had finished and that he was signing out.
“Then somebody from the school just called the following day that the boy died. A final year student who was just signing out with all the money spent; at a private university.
“Somebody that was still celebrating his sign out as late as 7pm on Thursday and they said he slumped and died just like that. Some family members went there on Saturday. They said the doctor was not around. They said he died on Thursday. They called us on Friday.”
Another relative who identified himself simply as Daniel said it was Oduntan’s aged father that started calling other members of the family about the news of the death of his son.
He said, “What we heard was that he slumped and died on Friday. It was the dad that now called all of us about the news from the school.
“On Friday night, he still posted on his status about his signing out. He called his mom on Thursday to tell her that he was free now and that he would be coming home last week Saturday. It was a shock that they called us on Friday that the son had died. None of the school staff members has deemed it reasonable to come to the house to even explain to them that this was what happened to their child.”
Our correspondent learnt that the remains of the deceased were buried on Tuesday.
The school’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Tunde Olofintilo, confirmed the student’s death in a statement made available to our correspondent on Tuesday.
The statement read, “Ayomide, a 500 Level Mechanical Engineering Student, slumped around 10pm on May 31, 2023. He was immediately rushed to the ABUAD Multi-System Hospital. Unfortunately, he was dead before he got to the hospital.
“He was immediately attended to in the presence of his colleagues, but all attempts to resuscitate him failed.”
Olofintilo added that the university had ordered an autopsy by an independent pathologist after it requested and obtained a corona’s inquest, saying the result was still being awaited.
He added, “About the autopsy, the university requested and obtained a Coroner’s Inquest after which an autopsy was carried out. The report of the autopsy which was conducted by an independent pathologist is being awaited.
“The police issued a warrant to bury the dead body following the conduct of the post-mortem examination.
“As a university, we sincerely commiserate with the family and pray we will not witness such again.”
Cultism: Kwara Poly withdraws student’s HND certificate
The Authorities of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, have approved the immediate withdrawal of the Higher National Diploma Certificate of AbdulRasheed Zubair Olatunji of the Public Administration Department of the institution for his alleged involvement in cultism.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Deputy Registrar, Registrar’s Office, Mr. Olayemi Olatomi, on Monday and made available to newsmen in Ilorin.
The statement disclosed that the decision was based on the report of the Polytechnic’s Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
The management said AbdulRasheed’s involvement in cultism was a pointer to the fact that he was not worthy in character and learning to earn the certificate of the institution.
The mobilisation of AbdulRasheed to the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, was also put on hold, the statement further disclosed
KWASU lecturer wins $24,000 international scholarship grant
Rashidat Akande, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Economics and Development Studies at Kwara State University, has secured a $24,000 CAD International Scholarship Grant.
This prestigious grant is awarded as part of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Advanced Scholars – West Africa (QES-AS-WA) scheme.
The announcement of the Akande’s achievement was made by Saeedat Aliyu, the Director of Relations at the university.
The statement highlighted that Akande emerged as the recipient of the QES-AS-WA scholarship award for the year 2022.
The theme for this year’s award was “Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write.”
The statement further revealed that Akande’s participation in the program will span two months.
The primary objective of the program is to provide support to women who are pursuing a PhD. or are in the early stages of their research careers.
The aim is to enable these scholars to expand the horizons of their research and create long-lasting impacts in both Nigeria and Canada.
“This accomplishment reflects Rashidat Akande’s dedication to her field and her commitment to making meaningful contributions to the academic community,” the statement read.
It added, “Her success serves as an inspiration for aspiring scholars and researchers alike.”
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