The Senate has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to direct the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to set up a Committee to review the age limit for job seekers in the country to allow competent applicants to be employed by the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government.
The call was made in a resolution that followed the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC – Sokoto East).
Coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules, Gobir noted that recruitment requirements of MDAs and other private bodies that set age barriers “inadvertently excludes and marginalizes skillful and competent prospective applicants from participating in such exercises.”
According to the lawmaker, “due to the high unemployment rate in the country, many graduates spend up to 10 years seeking employment and this puts them in a disadvantaged position by no fault of theirs.”
He added that “many individuals resort to falsifying their age all in a bid to fall within the required age limit for them to be gainfully employed.”
He warned that “this development, where a person believes he is unemployable can lead them to embrace criminal activities and further increase the growing crime rate and insecurity in the country.”
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC – Kebbi South), in his contribution, drew the attention of the upper chamber to the Federal Government’s embargo on employment over thirteen years ago.
According to him, the embargo period must be factored into the review of the age limit by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity for prospective job seekers in the country. Channels TV