The former rector of Ilaro Federal Polytechnic in Ogun State, Dr. Olusegun Aluko, has blamed the disparity between Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bsc graduates in the labor market for the underdevelopment of Nigeria’s industrial sector and the weak economy.
Aluko argued that Nigeria will experience rapid economic, technological and industrial growth if HND and Bsc graduates are given equal opportunities in the labor market.
Aluko announced a farewell event organized by the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and held at the institute
tion campus in honor of the rector on Saturday.
Aluko, an architect, described the country’s discrimination against polytechnic graduates as unfortunate and insisted that Nigeria would have progressed if both HND and Bsc graduates were given equal opportunities.
He added that college graduates are in no way inferior to their college peers, “because many college graduates are self-employed and have dominated every profession because of their exceptional skills
He continued: “I am one of the proponents of eliminating the dichotomy between HND and Bsc graduates and what I mean by eliminating is that everyone should have equal opportunities.
“For example in ICAN, HND, Bsc all will write the ICAN exam but go and check the percentage of those who pass the exam whether they are university or polytechnic graduates.
“If all other college graduates gave the same chance ICAN gives them, Nigeria would have progressed. Let the engineers give the HND and Bsc graduates equal opportunities and see what will happen because I know, I can say categorically that my HND graduates at this technical college are not inferior to a university graduate in any field of engineering.
“And for development to happen, there needs to be a realignment of the technological aspect of this country and that’s what we’re saying, we’re talking about graduates with no jobs because graduates have no skills.
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