Reps move to re­move age bar­rier in pub­lic em­ploy­ment

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Oz­ibo Oz­ibo

A bill to erad­i­cate age dis­crim­i­na­tion against job seek­ers in Fed­eral Govern­ment Min­istries, Agen­cies and De­part­ments (MDAs) on Wed­nes­day passed a sec­ond read­ing in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The “Bill for an Act to Erad­i­cate the Age Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Job seek­ers in Fed­eral Govern­ment Agen­cies; and for Re­lated Mat­ters (HB. 1502)” is spon­sored by Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Baba­jimi Ben­son (APC, La­gos).

Ogun, mov­ing a mo­tion for a sec­ond read­ing of the bill, said the new law seeks to en­sure that no Nige­rian job seeker is dis­qual­i­fied from govern­ment em­ploy­ment on the ba­sis of age.

He noted that the bill, when en­acted, would first take ef­fect in Fed­eral Govern­ment MDAs with the hope that pri­vate em­ploy­ers would fol­low suit.

“It is a key re­spon­si­bil­ity of we par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple, to en­sure that no Nige­rian job seeker is dis­crim­i­nated against with re­gard to age in em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Fed­eral Govern­ment Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agen­cies (MDAs),” Ogun sub­mit­ted.

He lamented that the in­ces­sant strikes by the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU) has made it al­most im­pos­si­ble for Nige­rian uni­ver­sity stu­dents to grad­u­ate in stip­u­lated time, hence the ne­ces­sity of the bill.

Mean­while, Ben­son, a cospon­sor of the bill, pointed out that apart from age, sex, reli­gion and eth­nic­ity were other vari­ables in which dis­crim­i­na­tion is ram­pant in govern­ment em­ploy­ment.

But Idris Ahmed (APC, Plateau) coun­tered that re­gard­less of ar­gu­ments in favour of the bill, cer­tain jobs, es­pe­cially in the se­cu­rity forces, re­quires that prospec­tive em­ploy­ees must be young. He there­fore called for spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion of the bill.

When put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara, the bill was unan­i­mously adopted for sec­ond read­ing.

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