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Age Discrimination Against Nigerian Job Seekers Abolished

Age Discrimination Against Nigerian Job Seekers Abolished

The House of Representatives at the plenary on Wednesday 15th, May 2019 move to put an end to the age discrimination against job seekers in the Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs).

The Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age limit against Nigerian Job seekers was sponsored by Sergius Ogun of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Edo and Babajimi Benson of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Lagos).

Following the adoption of the Bill by the lawmakers,  The Speaker,  Yakubu Dogara. moving a motion for a third reading of the bill, said the new law seeks to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified from government employment on the basis of age.

He also said that the bill, when enacted, would first take effect in the Federal Government Ministry, Departments and Agensies, MDAs with the hope that private employers of labour would follow suit later.

“It is a duty of parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is discriminated against with regard to age in employment opportunities in Federal Government Ministries, Departments Agencies (MDAs),” Ogun concluded.

The lawmaker added that Age discrimination against Job seekers was abolished.

The lawmaker added that the bill would also ensure that the fundamental human rights of job seekers are safeguarded while significantly reducing the spiralling number of unemployed graduates and school leavers on the streets.

He lamented that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made it almost impossible for Nigerian university students to graduate within stipulated time, hence the necessity of the bill.

Benson, a co-sponsor of the bill, also pointed out that apart from age, sex, religion and ethnicity, were other variables in which discrimination is rampant in government employment.

He therefore called for the abolition of such barriers that “deprives qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development.”

In his contribution, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun) argued that the major aim of the bill has been taken care of by relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which if enforced, could be taken advantage of by anyone affected by discrimination in government employment.

The House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas representing the All Progressive Congress, APC, Adamawa, age ceiling for job seekers could only apply to societies with stable education calendar, not in Nigeria with recurring strikes, especially in public universities.

When put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the bill was unanimously adopted and passed for third reading. bill would also ensure that the fundamental human rights of job seekers are safeguarded while significantly reducing the spiralling number of unemployed graduates and school leavers on the streets.

He lamented that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made it almost impossible for Nigerian university students to graduate within stipulated time, hence the necessity of the bill.

Meanwhile, Benson, a co-sponsor of the bill, pointed out that apart from age, sex, religion and ethnicity, were other variables in which discrimination is rampant in government employment.

He therefore called for the abolition of such barriers that “deprives qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development.”

In his contribution, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun representing the All Progressive Congress, APC, Osun argued that the major aim of the bill has been taken care of by relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which if enforced, could be taken advantage of by anyone affected by discrimination in government employment.

For House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), age ceiling for job seekers could only apply to societies with stable education calendar, not in Nigeria with recurring strikes, especially in public universities. When put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the bill was unanimously adopted and passed for third reading.

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