Some Architects with High National Diploma (HND) have decried their continue marginalization including professional relegation by Architect Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) in Ondo state.
The Architects said that the ARCON was giving recognition only to their counterparts with University degree and refused to recognize those with HND qualification in the profession.
The aggrieved Architects have also already dragged their professional body to a Federal High Court Akure, in the capital city while praying that they want to be recognized by the council in the discharge of their job.
The court case appeared before the Justice Audu Dogo on Wednesday with Suit No: FHC/AIC/CS/71/18.
Barrister Henry Nnabugwu, Counsel to the aggrieved Architects briefed the court that the defendant, ARCON had on two occasions been served with writ of summon which they have refused to honour.
Nnabugwu said that the plaintiffs are praying that HND graduates of Architecture from any accredited institutions be registered and given licenses to operate freely without any hindrances.
He said, “An order be given mandating the defendants to allow the plaintiff and all HND graduates of Architecture from accredited Polytechnics to be considered for registration and licensing as Architects via Final I, Finals II & PPE Professional Practice Examination or Architects Competence Programme (ACP) Examination.
“An order compelling the Defendant to allow the plaintiffs and all HND graduates of Architecture from accredited Polytechnics who have in addition to their HND, Postgraduate Diplomas and Master Degrees in Architecture, to sit for the Architects Competence Programme (ACP) Examination or Professional Practice Examination (PPE)”.
However, Justice Dogo having listen to the counsel subsequently adjourned the case till January 14, 2018 for proper hearing since the defendant was absent in court.
Abimbola Adeleye, an aggrieved Architect expressed bitterness over the age long non recognition of their HND status by the professional body.
Adeleye explained that since her graduation from the Polytechnic 18 years ago, she has not been able to move past her current status due to the marginalization.
“I left the polytechnic 18 years ago, up till this moment, ARCON has not deemed it necessary to recognize me professionally including my colleagues despite going through rigorous training at the polytechnic.
“Due to this I have on series of occasions lost promotion, right now most of us as static.
“It is saddening that someone’s professional colleagues would be discriminating against us just because they attended Universities and we attended polytechnics,” Adeleye said.
Kunle Awogbami, one of the plaintiffs who was in court said the dichotomy has been having effect on them and might likely dampen the morale of the those aspiring to study the course in the polytechnic.
David Olupona, who is an under-graduate of the Ondo State owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo said the act of barring HND holders from professionally practicing their job is heartbreaking.
He said that the action would have negative impact on the profession if not quickly addressed by the body.
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