FG scraps HND/ degree dichotomy in civil service

Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of service of the Federation

The federal government says it has done away with the dichotomy between holders of Higher National Diploma, HND, and Bachelor’s degree in the Federal Civil Service. It also stated that the entry Salary Grade Level for all categories of HND holders in the Federal Civil Service has been enhanced from Level 07 to Grade Level 08.

This was carried out in compliance with decisions reached at the 39th National Council on Establishment, NCE, which were fully implemented through various circulars conveyed to the relevant stakeholders.

The Permanent Secretary, Service, Policies and Strategies Office, SPSO, in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Ndubuisi Osuji, stated this during the 40th National Council on Establishment holding in Owerri, Imo state capital.

This was contained in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by an Assistant Director, Media Relations, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Timothy Akpoli, on behalf of the Director of Communications.

Osuji was quoted to have listed some of these decisions to include uniform Scheme of Service for all category of Nurses with the common nomenclature of ‘Nursing Officers’: Internship for graduate Nurses who do not possess the professional Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife qualification.

Others are enhancing entry Salary Grade Level 08 for all categories of HND holders; and creation of Assistant Education Officers Cadre SGL 07 – 14 for candidates with the requisite qualification in Special Education.

The permanent secretary also said that the meeting would consider a total of eighty memoranda comprising eighteen reference cases and sixty-six new memoranda, submitted by State Governments, Federal Government Agencies and other stakeholders.

In addition, he stated that the reports and recommendations of both the Standing Committees and Joint National Public Service Negotiating Councils were part of the agenda for the meeting.

Osuji said the previous decisions of Council on the creation of new cadres, amendment or elongation of existing cadres, have been collated for inclusion in the on-going review of the Scheme of Service due to be published soon.

This, he noted, would achieve the twin objectives of producing a single reference document for all cadres/professional groups in the Civil Service, as well as reduce the numerous requests for clarifications and interpretation on various establishment decisions of Council.

The permanent secretary urged the participants to bring their wealth of experience to bear during the deliberation, saying that the experiences of the officials have place on them a unique position to evaluate the memoranda and recommend measures that would have positive impact on service delivery, as well as improve the processes and system of operations in the Civil Service.

In his address, the Head of Service, Imo State, Mr. Callistus Ekenze, said the meeting will signpost a lot of issues and throw up matters that will at the end gladden the mind of workers.

He called on all participants to give their best and contribute constructively to issues that will be raised.

The NCE is a forum where the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Head of Service of the 36 states of the Federation and Permanent Secretaries (Establishment) in both the Federal and State Civil Service meet yearly to deliberate on matters affecting the Civil Service, especially the scheme and conditions of service.

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