The House of Representatives has passed the bill abolishing dichotomy between first Degree holders and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the same field for the purpose of employment.
The bill passed its final stage at green chambers on Tuesday in Abuja, when members voted at the Committee of the Whole presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Wase.
The passage was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a report of the House Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund after conducting hearing on the bill.
The bill which was sponsored by a lawmaker at the 8th Assembly, Edward Pwajok passed second reading in 2017.
While presenting the bill for second reading, Pwajok said a research conducted on both certificates, showed that the discrimination had no moral justification.
He said that those with first degree were placed on Grade Level 8, while those with HND in the same field were placed on Grade Level 6 or 7.
He said that in some organisations, degree holders were paid N100, 000 at entry level, while their counterparts with HND were paid N70, 000 monthly salary.
The lawmaker said, in other countries, technical experts were paid higher than administrators, saying that the reverse was the case Nigeria.
The bill will now be sent to the Senate for concurrence and then to the President for assent.
Parag Agrawal, Appointed CEO Of Twitter, After Jack Dorsey Stepped Down
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down as head of the social media platform he co-founded a decade and a half ago. Twitter made the announcement on Monday, Nov. 29.
45-year-old board member and former Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal (right) who joined Twitter in 2011 and has been serving as the CTO since 2017, was appointed CEO, effective immediately, and Dorsey will remain a member of the board until his term expires at next year’s stockholders’ meeting, the company said.
Dorsey said in a statement released by Twitter:
“I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders.
“My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational. I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead.”
Dorsey warned of potential pitfalls of a company founder staying on for too long.
He said “There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being ‘founder-led’.
“Ultimately I believe that’s severely limiting and a single point of failure.”
In an email to company employees he posted to Twitter on Monday, Dorsey denied that he was being pushed out of the company’s leadership and claimed to be resigning so that the company can move on from its founders.
DSS DG’s Son, Abba Bichi Gets Abuja’s Duplex Worth N90m As gift
Abba Bichi, son of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), has been given a five-bedroom duplex at Hilltop Estate, Apo, Abuja.
According to the Group Managing Director of BSTAN, Engr. Becky Olubukola, the duplex is worth N90 million.
Olubukola stated this while inaugurating the young Bichi as the youth ambassador of Home Titan Network, one of the group’s housing products, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to her, Bichi was found worthy of the role and the gift because of his believe in the future of Nigeria and his patriotism.
“We have found him worthy of this role because he is not given to ethnic sentiments, he is a patriotic Nigerian who believes in the future of the country and he has the wisdom of an elder,” she said.
She explained that the house was one of its Home Titans Network’s products.
Responding, Bichi thanked the group for the honour and gift as he appreciated his family and friends for their support.
“This is not for me alone but this is for the youth. Know that wherever you are, strive to achieve greatness,” he said.
Nigeria Budgets N190 Billion For National Census Next Year
Over 15 years after its last national census, Nigeria might finally be ready to conduct a new one next year.
The Senate Committee on National Population and National Identity announced on Thursday that over N190 billion has been budgeted for the exercise in the 2022 appropriation bill.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Alhaji Yau, said the allocation has been presented to the Appropriation Committee.
“We’re waiting for the president to proclaim when the activities will commence,” he told journalists.
Nigeria’s last national census was conducted in 2006 when the nation’s population was determined to be over 140 million.
The country has missed the 10-year global timeline to conduct another one, with its population figures since then mostly subjected to unreliable estimates.
The United Nations Population Fund reported in the 2019 State of the World Population Report that Nigeria’s population had risen to 201 million, but the National Population Commission (NPC) reported months later that it was estimated at about 190 million.
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