Age limit to be scrapped for Jobseekers

Obinwannem News Age limit to be scrapped for Jobseekers

An appeal was made on Wednesday 15th July 2020 by the Senate to the Presidency, to direct the Federal Ministry of Labor and Productivity to set up a committee to review the age limit for job seekers in the country in other to allow competent applicants to be employed by the ministry, department and agencies of the government.

It was gathered that the motion was raised by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto East) who cited order 42 and 52 of the Senate standing rules and noted that recruitment requirements of MDAs and other private bodies, which set age barriers, “inadvertently excludes and marginalizes skillful and competent prospective applicants from participating in such exercises”.

He also said that due to the high unemployment rate in the country, that many graduates spend up to 10 years seeking employment and this puts them in a disadvantaged position by no fault of theirs.

Many applicants have resorted to falsifying their age all in the bid to fall within the age requirement in order for them to be considered for employment

Gobir, therefore, called on the Senate to urge the Federal Government to set up a committee and review the age limit for employment or recruitment with a view to getting this problem of age barrier sorted out to allow the skilled and competent Nigerians to be employed

Senator Bala in his contribution added that since the federal government placed a 13 years embargo on employment, that the embargo period should be factored into the review of the age limit by the Ministry of labor and productivity for intending job seekers in the country.

Lolo Ugo Queensley Kalu reporting, Obinwannem News

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