The Nigerian Association of Technologists Engineering (NATE) has again called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to expedite action and remove the dichotomy between HND holders and B.Sc holders in the state civil service.
Vice President of the Association, South-South Zone, Mr Dominic Udoatan, made the call on Friday when he led his executive committee on a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo at Government House Uyo on Friday.
He said the engineers were in government house to inform the deputy governor about the hosting of the first-ever South-South Zonal Conference/Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Induction ceremony tagged: “Technology in the 21st Century, the Nigerian Experience.”
The vice president urged the state government to ensure full implementation of the circular letter on the abolition of HND/BSc dichotomy that was effected on March 26, 2018 by the Head of Service of the Federation.
According to him, “Unfortunately, we have observed that our dear state is yet to implement the said circular. We hereby appeal to His Excellency, the Governor of the state to mandate appropriate quarters to implement:
“The circular letter No.HCSF/SPSO/ODD/NCE:100/S.8/T issued from Office of the Head Of Civil of the Federation, dated March 26, 2018 Captioned, ‘Clarification on the review of salary entry point for holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) in the civil service’ as adopted by Akwa Ibom Civil Service through the Department of Establishment Circular No. 5/2018 dated December 11, 2018.”
Udoatan expressed displeasure that in spite of the adoption, HND holders in the state were being stagnated at salary Grade level 14 while their counterpart in the neighbouring states of Cross River, Rivers, Edo have their promotion to grade level 17.
In his response, the deputy governor pledged the resolve of the state government to support issues that would have direct impact on the socio- economic development of the state.
Ekpo noted with delight the emergence of the state as a destination of choice due to the provision of the necessary infrastructure by the government.
He urged the leadership of the professional body to reach out to their colleagues in the Ministries of Works; Science and Technology and that of Transports to allow for mass mobilisation of members and support from the affected ministries to ensure the successful hosting of the conference in the state.