Aregbesola Denies HND Holders Recruitment Into Osun Civil Service

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The government of the state of Osun yesterday conducted civil service recruitment test for applicants into the state civil service. The test which reports say was as good as it gets pundits say was a commendable exercise from the state government who is planning to recruit hundreds into the state civil service to replace the retiring civil servants at the end of the year.

Over ten thousand applicants, reports say obtained the recruitment form, but only 6,000 were considered to write the test. It was learnt that the number was reduced to 6,000 as only applicants with a university degree and holders of Higher National Diploma, HND with additional qualifications like PGD, ACA, etc. were considered, while holders of NCE, OND, and HND without additional qualifications were not considered.

The National Association of Technologists in Engineering, NATE, had been advocating for the government to put both university degree and HND on the same level, but it seems their efforts at stopping the disparity will continue to be frustrated by some people.

No one would expect someone like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to allow such policy in a state he governs, having graduated from The Polytechnic, Ibadan himself.

When asked why the government employed the policy in reducing the number of applicants who sat for the recruitment test, Governor Aregbesola reports say drifted away from the question to other things.

Some have suggested in the past that government should scrap polytechnic education if the graduates of the institution who have spent the same number of years spent by university graduates, and who usually are more technically sound than university graduates would not be regarded the same way university graduates are regarded. What the government will do about this, and how insistent NATE would be till they achieve what they want remains to be seen.

15 Comments

  • This is so unfortunate! This same politicians would also employ school certificate holders with political influence or ties into this same ministries.
    We are in a lawless state and its winner takes all situation.I am still finding it difficult to believe and I would rather say it is an untrue story.

  • They should scrap HND if they want to, tired of this criticism, after all they spent the same year and the practical practices of the polytechnic student are far wider to the university, that’s the reason why white country progressing than we blacks, they believe more in technical practices to that of theory, why wld a child of a human spend so many years in school and yet wondering all around looking for jobs this not just fair, they shld remove polytechnics if they don’t want their handy work…………rubish

  • Bad government after students spent 2yrs in poly nw sayin dat no job for them all the people who is adminstation employed for 2yrs they are giv them bad job to go and cut grass wher their son dey united state no way for them again in osun state

  • stop pedaling falsehood. he answered d question constructively. he said if what u av studied @ d polythecnic is relevant u wil b absorbed.he even went as far citing courses whc may nt b considered lik marketing,he said there is nothing 4 them to market 4 govt. let us b sincere 4 once, wat is d basis 4 anyone to compare university education and polythecnic. one is higher while d other is lower. y is dt we revel in hipocricy in nigeria. even in uk as a poly graduate u work as a subordinate to the university graduate.let us stp ds undue comparison rather we advocate condusive economy dt could cater to all cader of graduates.

  • I agree with Oshidipe. I gathered dat HND holders would be tested in January, for relevant positions like Higher Technical Officers, e.t.c.
    Although d test process was so unorganised that some of us had to write with flash lights from our fones around 7pm. dis is an exam dat was scheduled for 8a.m!

  • Hi,Ogbeni Rauf
    This is totally unfair for this government to do like this to the people that is governing.
    He must to have inform them before they collect the form because of the stress they all passed through during buying the form.
    Is not good,please try to inform him(Aregbesola).

  • I am a HND holder in Building Technology. I had an internsive interview with some so-called Bsc, Bteh, Beng graduates etc on a building project some months ago and i came out the best and the contract to build an estate was awarded to me. So what else do we have to say.. Degrees my FOOT…..

  • Well, there should not be reason for discrimination. Even those sortlisted, only the first and may be second set wrote the test. Some did not write as their names were wrongly spelt. The test was poorly organized. If that test will be transparent, it needed be re conducted in more organized way.

  • Out of 16 of us that served @my PPA during my youth service, d HND holders amongst us were the best nd we really gave kudos 2 dem. HND holders re too gud, especially dre engineers. Pls, respect dose guys

  • Polytechnic I sfar more better than the university graduate.in ɱy school lagos city polytechnic we are the first in nigeria to produce an electro solar motor with four wheel drive.

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