The House of Representatives has increased recruitment age of fresh graduates seeking employment into government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to 45 years.
The bill, when finally assented to would stipulate that all Nigerians aged 45 and below would be eligible for employment into MDAs.
Also, this age limit is applied to the military, police and other paramilitary organisations.
Untill this altercation, the age limit for recruitment is pegged at minimum of 30 years.
The decision of the green chamber to jack-up the recruitment age is hinged on the reports of discrimination against age of the unemployed youths.
This followed a bill for an act to prohibit discrimination against job seekers in federal government agencies (eradication) and allied matters act sponsored by Hon Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo).
It was considered in the committee of the whole led by Deputy speaker, Lasun Yussuff. The lawmakers want the bill to address the age challenges faced by job seekers in MDAs.
The bill, Section 3 (1) and (2) of the it provides that “no citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be deprived of employment into any of the agencies of the federal government, on grounds that he /she is above thirty (30) years of age.
“That any citizen of Nigeria that is thirty (30) years and above but not above forty-five (45) years, shall be entitled to gainful employment within any of the agencies of the federal government of Nigeria.
In Section 3 (3), it stipulates “that the provisions of the above subsections shall be subject to the provisions of the laws establishing security agencies, including the Armed forces and other paramilitary agencies with regards to age for enlistment in the relevant security agencies”
It also provides in section 3 (4) that “where a person to be employed into any of the federal government’s agencies is found to be qualified but of an age that is above the age limit specified for such employment, the abilities and/or qualification of such person shall had recourse to and his age shall not operate as a disqualification.”