At last, FG abolishes BSc/HND dichotomy in paramilitary services

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

The Federal Government on Thursday declared that it had finally abolished the dichotomy between university degree holders and those of Higher National Diplomas (HND) in the paramilitary services.

According to a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, Thursday in Abuja, it said that the Board had directed all officers with HND to be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary Grade Level for holders of Degree certificates at entry point.

Before now, holders of HND degrees were placed on COMPASS 07 while university degree holders were placed on COMPASS 08 with a salary disparity of about N50,000 monthly.

The development had sparked controversy and blood in the service for sometimes.

But with the fresh resolution, holders of HND degrees would have reasons to be happy and more committed to service.

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According to the statement, “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 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 statement equally added that “the Board also approved the commencement of the Year 2017 Promotion Exercise for all the Services with effect from 17th July, 2017.”

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Meanwhile, 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 Human Resources Management, Finance and Accounts, Planning, Research and Statistics, Passport and Other Travel Documents, Investigation and Compliance, Border Management, Migration, Visa and Residency”.

The minister in the statement said the federal government 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.