Unemployment has been a major problem in Nigeria and despite efforts by the government to provide employment opportunities for school leavers, and overstayed graduates, they just aren't enough to get all employed.
Most times, some school leavers after several years of job hunting and they eventually see one, their age becomes a barrier to their getting the jobs which still leave them unemployed as they were.
Good news to all now as the Senate yesterday proposes scrapping or increasing the age limit so anyone can work at each point in his or her life.
Yesterday, the Senate in a motion signed by Senator Ibrahim Gobir asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Ministry of Labour and Productive to set up a committee to review the age limits of job seekers in the country to help competent applicants get employed by the Ministries, Agencies and Departments of government in the country.
In an update released by @PunchNG, the resolution says thus, ''due to the high unemployment rate in the country, many graduates spend up to 10 years seeking employment and this puts them in a disadvantaged position by no fault of their own.''
“Many individuals resort to falsifying their age all in a bid to fall within the required age limit for them to be gainfully employed.''
“This development, where a person believes he is unemployable, can lead them to embracing criminal activities and further increase the growing crime rate and insecurity in the country.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who also condemned the discrimination against job seekers as a result of the barrier imposed by the prescribed age limit added, “It is not through a fault of theirs that people are discriminated against. They’ll tell you only 30 years limit, meanwhile, someone graduated ten years ago. This is a very good motion,” he said urging the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to swing into action immediately.''
Many Nigerians rejoiced to this news as its obvious to them all that the government truly have their interests at heart but also skeptical if the private institutions will also put that into practice so to help curb the rate of unemployment in the country.
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