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Senate pushes removal of age limit for job seekers

This is a good news to Nigerian youths, not just Nigerian youths but unemployed citizens as the Upper legislative chamber pushes for the removal of age limit for those seeking for job. This comes as the Nigerian senate has reportedly appealed to President Buhari to order the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to set up a Committee that would review the age limit for the citizens seeking for employment. 

 

This is to ensure that those who are competent but are restrained due to their age limit, are employed into the ministries and other government agency.

 

According to senator Gobir who sponsored the bill, stressed that age barriers has obviously marginalized skillful and competent applicants from participating in any employment exercise, and that has led to so many people indulging in falsifying their age in order to fall within the accepted age before they could be gainfully employed.

He said; 

 "Age barriers inadvertently excludes and marginalizes skillful and competent prospective applicants from participating in such exercises”."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.”

 

Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah also recalled how the federal government placed an embargo on employment over 13 years ago. According to him, this must be taken into consideration by the labor ministry. 

 

Reacting to the bill brought before the upper house of the National Assembly, the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan lamented the discrimination against those seeking for jobs as a result of the barrier placed by the prescribed age limit. Senator Lawan disclosed further that in where there are no jobs, someone could graduate 10 years ago and still not gotten one. He finally described the motion as a very good move.


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