HND/BSC dichotomy: AUPCTRE urges FG on quick release of circular

The Amalgamarted Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has commended the National Council of Establishment for finally removing the dichotomy between HND and Bsc.

The National Council of Establishment recently voted in favour of the removal of the age long dichotomy, to finally signal its removal.

To this end, the AUPCTRE, has called on the Federal Government, through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, to immediately release the enabling circular without further delay.

The release of the circular would ensure the commencement of the implementation and would enable graduates with both HND and Bsc receive same treatment and ratings.

In a communique issued after the meeting of State Governing Council (SGC), AUPCTRE, FCT chapter, the union said it was high time the government released the circular without further delay.

The communique, signed by the state chairperson Comrade Benjamin Anthony and the Secretary Sikiru Waheed read: “The SGC-in-session applauds the National Council of Establishment for finally removing the dichotomy between HND and BSc after years of issuing white paper on it by the Federal Government, and call on the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to release the enabling circular without further delay.”

The union also commended the Federal Government for setting up a committee to review the minimum wage, but frowned at the slow pace at which the committee was working, while calling on the committee to purge themselves of any interest that was not in favour of the workers in order to hasten the completion of the work for onward implementation.

AUPCTRE also expressed disappointment with the difficulties and frustrations experienced by retirees in accessing their pension, which sometimes result to the untimely death of retirees while queuing up for screening for payment of their legitimate benefits.

“The SGC-in-session reasoned that, the reviewed 2014 Pension Act needs to include gratuity payment to retirees which seems to be silent in the act, and therefore, calls on concern authorities to rectify this repressive anomaly,” the communique read.

The union condemned in totality the seeming factionalization of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC); and pledged her unalloyed loyalty to the “only President of NLC, Comrade Dr. Ayuba Wabba and implore all Unions and Nigerians alike to give him all necessary support in the interest of Nigerian workers and Nigerians.”

It also condemned in very strong terms the decision of the Federal Government to issue a circular “suspension of the tenure policy of the Federal Civil Service.”

The union expressed its reservation on the contents of the circular in view of its stagnation tendency in the service and calls on the government to withdraw the circular forthwith.

It commended the Federal Government for setting up the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), but observed that much is still desired to sanitise the system so as not to use it as a conduit pipe to syphon government money and urge government to take necessary steps in this direction.

AUPCTRE expressed serious worries over the non-payment of salaries to workers of Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company (AUMTCO) which has now accumulated to 5 months.

It called on AUMTCO Management to pay the workers all their outstanding salaries without further delay; adding that this is the only panacea for calling off the on-going strike by staff of AUMTCO.

The union condemned in totality the recent move by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing to privatize Federal Housing Authority and change its name to Federal Housing Company.

The implication of this, according to the union, is that, Nigerians would not have access to affordable Houses.

The union therefore, called on the Federal Government to appoint a substantive management team and Board to run FHA for effective operational activities.