Employment: Reps Approve Report On Bill Prohibiting Age Discrimination

Employment: Reps Approve Report On Bill Prohibiting Age Discrimination


The House of Representatives has approved a bill seeking to prohibit age discrimination against job seekers in Federal Government agencies.

The lawmakers approved the bill during plenary on Wednesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

According to the sponsor and Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Rules and Business, Mr Edward Pwajok, the bill seeks to ensure that no citizen is deprived of employment on the basis of age.

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He explained that it seeks to eradicate the age barrier preventing youths from being gainfully employed in government agencies.

The lawmaker decried the situation where competent young men and women have been unable to get a job just because they graduated from university at the age of 25.

“We think that it will be unfair to deny them of the right to being employed only on the ground that because they have kept on applying for work, they will be denied the opportunity of contributing their own quota to national development,” he said.

He, however, stated that the bill exempted the security agencies, including the Nigerian Armed Forces and other paramilitary agencies where there may be requirements for some rigorous physical exercises.

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A bill seeking to eradicate age discrimination/ restrictions against job seekers in the Federal Government agencies has passed its second reading at the House of Representatives.

Sponsored by Reps member, Sergius Ogun, the bill seeks to stop the practice of disqualifying job seekers on account of their age, who are ordinarily qualified for positions in the Federal Government agencies.

“The rationale for this bill is to ensure that no artificial barrier is allowed to preponderate over merit, which rarely has anything to do with age,” he said.

He further explained that it is common to see job adverts, requesting for applications for employment and pegging the age between 25 and 28 years for entry level.

According to him, that system only helps to widen the unemployment gap in the country and must be reviewed.