Nigeria: Senate Seeks Abolition of Age Limit As Requirement for Employment

The Senate urged the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and other relevant agencies to restrict and discourage public and private employers from depriving millions of job seekers of jobs on account of age.

The Senate has urged employers of labour in the country to de-emphasise age requirements as pre-condition for employment.

Ths resolution was sequel to consideration and adoption of a motion at plenary on Wednesday.

The motion titled “Age Requirement Pre-condition for Employment in Nigeria, Urgent Need for Intervention” was sponsored by Abba Moro (PDP- Benue).

Mr Moro, in his motion, said age limit as precondition for employment violates Chapter 4, section 42(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), which guarantees every citizen the right to freedom from discrimination.

He said the provision of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) had defined employment discrimination in economic terms , as a violation of human rights that entails a waste of human talents with detrimental effects on productivity, economic growth.

He said that it also generated socio-economic inequalities that undermined social cohesion, solidarity and acted as a brake on the reduction of poverty.

Mr Moro, a former Interior minister, said it was pathetic for a graduate in Nigeria who could not get a job upon graduation and decided to go back to school with the hope that a higher qualification, vis-a- vis a second or Masters Degree could give him a better employment opportunity.

“It is ironical that a graduate in this country can serve in the National Youth Service Corps programme at age 30 but cannot be gainfully employed thereafter on the fact that he/ she is now above 30 years, a situation that is a flagrant breach of his fundamental rights..