The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says the passage of the bill
removing age brackets in
employments by the house of representatives will go a long way to curb unemployment.
Kenny Awujoola, National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the council in a statement on Saturday, said that the bill will give better employment opportunity to youths.
The bill: a “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies,” was sponsored by Rep. Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Rep. Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos).
The Bill seeks to among other things, save from final condemnation, youths who through no fault of theirs, had not gotten employed years after leaving school.
The bill however excludes military and paramilitary agencies from the age barrier removal in view of the peculiarity of their duties and recruitment procedure.
Reacting to the passage , the NYCN PRO said
“The passage of this bill would surely address the issue of unemployment especially among older graduates – those who went through tough time to see themselves to school and graduated maybe at an older age, would no longer have to suffer unemployment.
“This bill also encourages many to seek education at any age knowing that they would not be subjected to the barrier of age discrimination.
The NYCN called on the private sector – ‘the major culprit’ to take a cue from the new bill and minimise undue discrimination and stop pegging it at 25 or 26.”
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill seeking to stop age discrimination against job seekers in Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs).
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