Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill for an Act to eradicate the age discrimination against job
seekers in the Federal Government Agencies; and for related matters.
In his lead debate, Ogun explained that the bill seeks to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified on regards of age.
The lawmaker stated that this would be a key responsibility of Parliamentarians as representatives of the people. He also stated that this is with a view to ensure the human rights of the job seekers are not trampled upon and to significantly reduce the amount of unemployed individuals in the society.
While stressing that the bill mainly aims at ensuring compliance by Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), he expressed optimism that Employers in the Organised Private Sector would follow suit afterwards.
The Edo lawmaker also observed that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) make sure that it is not possible for Nigerian university students to graduate in stipulated time.
In his remarks, Abdulrazak Namdas, chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity argued that age brackets for job seekers should only be applied to societies where there is normalcy in the education calendar system, not in Nigeria where strikes in universities are the order of the day.
On his part, Idris Ahmed stated that there are some jobs like security forces where you have to be young to enter, so the Bill
should not be blanket and be more specific.
In his intervention, Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos) stated that it is only in age where there is discrimination, not in sex, religion and ethnicity.
He called for abolishment of the age restriction as it denies a lot of qualified and highly energetic, resilient and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to contribute to the development of society as well as the fulfillment of their goals.
Also speaking, Yussuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives stated that the aim of the Bill has been taken care of by the relevant Section of the Constitution which should have been taken advantage of by those affected, if that had been fully enforced, the Bill won’t be necessary..
To this end, the bill was referred to the Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity for further legislative action.