The dichotomy between university degree (B.Sc) holders and those of Higher National Diplomas HND has been abolished in all Nigerian paramilitary services.
Speaking in Abuja, Thursday, July 13, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji announced that the new policy was approved by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau who is also the Chairman of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB).
According to the Ministry, the Board directed that all officers with HND are to be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the Salary Grade Level for holders of Degree certificates at entry point. While the nomenclature for the HND holders will start with the Rank of Senior Inspector, the Degree holders are with the rank of Assistant Superintendent II. Read the full statement below:
CIVIL DEFENCE, FIRE, IMMIGRATION AND PRISONS RE-POSITIONED FOR EFFECTIVE SERVICE
The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB), at the end of its meeting held on Tuesday, 11th July 2017, under the chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, approved the regularization of the dichotomy between holders of University degrees and Higher National Diploma (HND) in all the Services.
To this end, the Board directed that all officers with HND to be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary Grade Level for holders of Degree certificates at entry point. While the nomenclature for the HND holders will start with the Rank of Senior Inspector, the Degree holders are with the rank of Assistant Superintendent II.
The Board also approved the commencement of the Year 2017 Promotion Exercise for all the Services with effect from 17th July, 2017.
In order to boost internal security mechanism, the Board accordingly approved the establishment of the Institute of Domestic Security aimed at strengthening Inter-Agency cooperation, among other functions.
In another development, the Federal Government has approved the re-organisation of the Nigeria Immigration Service in line with the provision of Immigration Act, which stipulates the establishment of Directorate of Immigration.
The Directorates, each to be headed by Deputy Comptroller-General, are as follows:
- Human Resources Management
- Finance and Accounts
- Planning, Research and Statistics
- Passport and Other Travel Documents
- Investigation and Compliance
- Border Management
- Visa and Residency
The Honourable Minister states that the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari places high premium on the welfare of its workforce and hopes that officers and men in the Services will reciprocate this gesture through improved performance and dedication to duty, in line with the Executive Order on the Ease of Doing Business, so as to revamp the economy.
BuzzNigeria recalls that lawmakers in the House of Representatives had recently been debating on a Bill for an Act to abolish the discrimination between B.Sc and HND in same profession.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ali Isa (Gombe-PDP) and Rep. Edward Pwajok (Plateau-PDP), seeks to prohibit the existing dichotomy between both certificates. The lawmakers argue that there is a need for better recognition of the polytechnics and similar institutions if the private sector is to be developed.