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FG urged to remove age barrier for jobseekers

The Senate on Wednesday urged the federal government to set up a committee that will remove the restraint of age limit on Nigerian jobseekers in government agencies.

This issue was raised by senator Ibrahim Gobir at the plenary. The motion he tagged "Urgent Need to Review Age Barrier for Job Seekers During Recruitment and Employment Exercise" was agreed upon after several deliberations.

Gobir said the age limitation had hindered a lot of graduates from securing jobs for many years after graduation, which has led to high level of unemployment in the country. He therefore urged that a review of the policy had become inevitable.

Going further, senator Gobir said this situation had forced many Nigerians into falsification of their age, in order to remain in the shell of employable citizens.

He said the situation where a person believes he is unemployed can lead them into criminal activities, which increases the rate of insecurity in the country.

Speaking in the interest of the people, senator Gobir said "anybody will finish his university at the age of 25, he will finish NYSC at the age of 26, it will take him 10 to 15 years to get employment. But when the time comes for employment, they will say the person is overage."

He conceded that, that is why they want to review that limit to make sure that the best people are employed, so that the problem of insecurity in the country can be reduced.

In his contribution, senator Bela Na' Allah said that there needs to be a holistic review of the policies of age limitation and a long years of embargo on government employment.

Bela said "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 employment so that the age will now be plus 13, because it is the government on its own that placed the embargo on employment.

The Senate president, Ahmed Lawan in his remark subscribed to the views saying "I agree with you completely; it is not the fault of the people being discriminated against.

"They will tell you 30 years age limit, meanwhile someone had graduated 10 years earlier."

He then urged the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to sort out the barrier immediately.

"I am urging the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to swing into action immediately with a view to get this problem of age barrier sorted out out, to allow the skilled and competent Nigerians to be employed by MDAs" he said.

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