A bill that seeks to abolish age discrimination against job seekers in government agencies has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that will eradicate age discrimination against job seekers on the basis of age.
If assented to, the bill will ensure that no artificial barrier is allowed to deny graduates above thirty years of age from getting employment in government agencies.
Mr Sergius Ogun from Edo State while leading the debate on the bill said the spate of disqualifying ordinarily qualified job seekers on account of age in Nigeria must stop.
The lawmaker stated: This practice is gradually becoming a norm in the recruitment process, and the absence of legislation has led for many years multinational companies disqualifying job seekers from getting employment on account of age.
Contributing, Mr. Babajimi Benson noted that age discrimination has hindered many Nigerian youths from getting employment in many government’s agencies.
Also speaking, Mr. Istifanus Gyang stressed the need to put in place stiff penalties for Ministries, Departments and Agencies that fails to comply with the law when assented too.
Speaking against the bill, the deputy speaker, Mr Lasun Yusuf said what the bill is seeking to achieve has already been addressed in the Nigeria Constitution, adding:Those perceived to have been disqualified on account of age can seek the court to address it for them if they believe their rights have been infringed upon.
Source: Voice of Nigeria