The Senate, has urged the Executive Arm of Government to direct the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to re-evaluate and review age limit in Nigeria, in order to allow skilled and qualified applicants, to gainfully have access to employment by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
This came into consideration when Senator Ibrahim Gobir, from Sokoto belonging to All Progressive Congress; who openly expressed his worries about the age barrier, which has prevented lot of Nigerians from securing and getting access to employment in government agencies.
He further expressed his worries saying "due to the high rate of job unavailability and unemployment in the country, many graduates has spend 10 years plus or more seeking jobs and this puts them in a disadvantaged position by no fault of theirs."
Senator Ibrahim Gobir, added that many individuals has unintentionally falsify their age to fall within the given employment age limit for them to be gainfully employed.
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah of Kebbi, also belonging to the APC Party, noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria has on its own placed age restriction on employment for over 13 years. The restrictions, he said, should be put into considerations for the review of the age limit in the country.
Senator Bala Ibn further clarified by saying “For example, if the age limit is 23, we will now add the 13 or 14 years of embargo on employment to the age already benchmarked for employment so that the age will now be plus 13 because it is the government on its own that placed the age restrictions on employment,” he said.
He added that there was no justification for the Federal Government to forcefully implement the age limit restrictions and at the same expected graduates to remain at the age they were during the period of the restrictions.
Ahmad Lawan, The Senate President in his remarks, urged the ministry to swing into action immediately.
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