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The new age Limit for job seekers in Nigeria - Senate

The issue of securing a job after graduation in Nigeria has become a bridge to cross, this has porse a lot of concern in the country because of series of requiement such as age limit, and working experience. Where will a fresh graduate have a number of years job experience and how can someone still fit in the age limit requirement after 10 years of graduation?

This has made some concern Nigeria to learn their voice to it, the Senate have also urged the Federal Government to urgently raise the age limit usually attached to job vacancies in the country.

This call was made following a motion sponsored by senator Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East) title : "Urgent need to review age barrier during recruitment and employment"

Referenced order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, Gobir maintain that recruitment from government ministries, department and agencies and other private bodies which set age limit during recruitment are excluding/denying compitent or good hands that would have handle the jobs better from participating in the excercise

“He stressed that many graduent end up spending 10 or above years seeking to be employed because of the unemploment rate in the country that has puts them in a disadvantaged position which is not their fault.

This condition has made many individual to reduce their age to align with the required age lmit to enable them partake in the exercise. It has also change the mentality of some people to believe that they are not employable which has led some to embrace criminal activities which is bringing about the exponential increase in crime rate.

Senator Gobir called on the Senate to “urge the Federal Government to direct the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to set up a committee that will review the age limit for employment or recruitment with a view to get this problem of age barrier sorted out to allow the teeming skilled and competent Nigerians to be employed by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).”

Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), in his contribution said the Senate can only see ther light on this motion by first calling for the lifting of the embargo on employment placed over thirteen years ago by the Federal Government.

He maintained that the embargo period should be factored into age limit for job recruitment by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity for prospective job seekers in the country.

“He cited that if the age limit for a job is 23, we must now add the 13 or 14 years of embargo on employment to the age already earmarked for employment, so that the age will be plus 13, because it is the government on its own that placed the embargo on employment.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks condemned the discrimination against job seekers as a result of the barrier of age limit which is not their fault.

“This is a very good motion urging the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to swing into action immediately,” Lawan said.

Senators unanimously approved the only prayer of the motion when it was put to voice vote by the Senate President.

Should this motion be pass into law or not?

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