The Senate was on Thursday thrown into a momentary row when Senator Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) took offence at the description of engineering graduates of polytechnics as technologists and not engineers.
This happened during a clause by clause consideration of the Federal Roads Authority bill which recommended that a minimum of a degree in Civil Engineering is required to be filled in a position stated in clause 10( 2F).
This raised a serious disagreement as Marafa led arguments that the Senate would have discriminated against graduates of polytechnics, especially HND holders if it adopted the position of the committee on Works which worked on the bill.
Senator Marafa went further by quoting section 42 (1)and section 131 of the constitution adding that the requirement needed for the position of the President is school certificate which further validates the right of HND holders to hold any position in the country.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in response argued that an unqualified person cannot be made to fill in a professional position.
Senator Ordia Clifford from Edo State however antagonised Senator Marafa, saying an engineering graduate must be recognised under the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) further validating that HND holders are just technologists and not engineers.