This motion was moved on Wednesday July 15, 2020, by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC – Sokoto East). The Senator observed that the recruitment requirements of MDAs and other private bodies that set age barriers, inadvertently excludes and marginalizes skilful and competent prospective applicants from participating in such exercise.
Senator Gobir argued that “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 theirs,” adding that “many individuals resort to falsifying their age all in a bid to fall within the required age limit for them to be gainfully employed.”
Another Senator, Sen. Bala Ibn Na Alah, from Kebbi south, while supporting the motion, argued that the embargo period must be factored into the review of the age limit by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity for prospective job seekers in the country.
Meanwhile, the President of the senate, Ahmad Lawan, while congratulating Gobir said, “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.
At the end of the session, a signed statement was released by Senate President's press secretary, Ezrel Tabiowo.
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