The Federal Government has removed the age-long dichotomy between holders of university degrees and Higher National Diploma (HND) in all the paramilitary agencies under the Ministry of Interior.
This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the approval was made by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB), at the end of its meeting held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau.
To this end, the Board directed that all officers with HND be upgraded to COMPASS 08, which is the salary grade level for holders of degree certificates at entry point.
He added that while the nomenclature for the HND holders would start with the rank of Senior Inspector, the degree holders are with the rank of Assistant Superintendent II.
Magaji said the Board also approved the commencement of the Year 2017 promotion exercise for all the services with effect from July 17, 2017.
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.