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  • Updated: June 22, 2024

HND graduates to undergo one year training before conversion - Yemi-Esan

HND graduates to undergo one year training before conversion

Folashade Yemi-Esan

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has mandated a one-year training program for workers holding Higher National Diplomas, HNDs before their conversion from the Executive to Officers cadre.

This was contained in a statement on Saturday.

According to the statement, the announcement was made during a virtual interactive session with civil servants in celebration of the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Yemi-Esan emphasized the importance of accessible, inclusive, and high-quality education, which must remain relevant to the evolving demands of the modern world.

Yemi-Esan stated, "The curriculum for HND and B.Sc holders were not the same, hence, HND graduates would have to undergo mandatory one-year training before conversion from Executive to Officers’ cadre." 

This decision addresses the ongoing debate between the National Universities Commission and the National Board for Technical Education regarding the disparity between polytechnic-awarded HNDs and university degrees.

In response to a question from Adebayo Hassan, a Grade Level 14 civil servant, regarding the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND holders, Yemi-Esan highlighted the need for this training to bridge the gap. 

Despite a bill passed by the Ninth National Assembly in 2021 to end this disparity, it was not signed into law by the previous administration.

The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE has introduced a one-year top-up program to help HND holders attain a bachelor's degree level, reflecting efforts to address this issue.

Yemi-Esan also discussed the ongoing transformation within the Nigerian Civil Service, driven by the rapidly changing work environment and the demand for greater efficiency. 

She announced the adoption of a Performance Management System, PMS, with policy and guidelines already disseminated to all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDAs. 

"PMS implementation has been cascaded to the Ministries, with the Permanent Secretaries serving as the primary drivers," she said. 

Performance contracts will extend down to the last officer in each MDA, linking individual goals with departmental, ministerial, and national Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Additionally, Yemi-Esan noted the digitalization of work processes within the Civil Service.

"The Office has fully digitalised all personal and policy files and is implementing digital transaction workflow processes," she stated.

She explained that all official correspondences are now processed electronically through the Enterprise Content Management solution. 

This initiative marks a significant step in the ongoing transformation of the Federal Civil Service.

The theme for this year's Civil Service Week is "Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Life-long, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

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