[Abuja]–The Federal Government has approved equal pay for holders of University degrees and Higher National Diploma working in the civil defence, fire, immigration and prisons services.
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, by Abubakar Magaji, permanent secretary to the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who stated that the minister had approved the regularisation of “the dichotomy between holders of university degrees and higher national diploma in all the services”.
Before now, there has been a discrimination between holders of the two academic qualifications in these para-military services where at entry point, degree holders are usually on a higher grade level than their HND-holding counterparts.
To this end, the Civil Defence, Fire Service, Immigration and Prisons Board has directed that all officers with HND should be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary grade level for holders of degree certificates at entry point.
According to the statement, “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.”
“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,” he added.
Magaji also revealed that the board had approved the commencement of the 2017 promotion exercise for all the services with effect from July 17.
Recall that the Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Service Board (CDIPB) was established by Decree No. 14 of July, 1986 as the ‘Customs, Immigration and Prisons Services Board’ under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Minister of Internal Affairs. The Board was charged with the responsibility of administering the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) of 1958, the Immigration Act of 1963 and the Prisons Act of 1972.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg