The Fresh motion moved by Honorable Babajimi Benson , representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, reviewing the age limitation in securing Federal Government jobs must be commended by all sundry.
MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE (standing Order VIII, Rule 46)
Urgent Need To Review The Age Barrier In Vacancies Announced By Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigeria Prison Service, Fire Service, Standard Organization of Nigeria and Other Federal Government Agencies
Honourable Babajimi Benson (Ikorodu Federal Constituency)
I seek the indulgence of this hallow Chamber to, by virtue of Order VIII, Rule 46, consider and approve this matter as one of urgent public importance. Thereby, suspend Order VIII, Rule 46 (1), to enable the matter to be taken immediately.
Acknowledges the efforts by the Federal Government ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari in trying to reduce the unemployment ratio in the country through advertised vacancies by the Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs);
Aware that most of the vacancies require that applicants must not be more than 30 years of age as at the time of applying for the vacancies;
Concerned that given the unstable nature of Nigeria’s education sjystem, it is difficult to determine and plan the age of graduation thus restriction on the basis of age is a breach of eligible applicant’s fundamental human rights as contained in Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
Also concerned that the National Youth Service Corps Scheme designed to foster national cohesion in the country with discharge or exemption certificate mandatory to get employment in the Federal Civil Service pegs it admissibility age at 30 years;
Worried that citizens who serve at the age of 30 years will be denied the opportunity to be gainfully employed by the country they labored to serve in the sun and in the rain;
Further worried that this development will lead to young Nigerians falsifying their ages to benefit from the available vacancies, an action that would further tint the integrity of the Civil Service;
Alarmed that 55.9 percent of Nigeria’s 196 million population are between 15 – 64 years of age and by capping job entry at 30 years of age, over half of the said population will be denied the opportunity to be gainfully employed;
Further alarmed that data released by the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics in 2016, shows that unemployment and underemployment continue to be highest for persons aged between 15-34 and that the unemployment rate amongst citizens between 25-34 years of age increased to 15.4% in Q4 2016;
Believe that employment into the federal civil service after considering Federal Character should be on merit and competence without age barrier.
Urge all MDAs concern to consider re-opening their online portal so that above 30 years but are still below 40 years can apply and be given equal opportunity;
Mandate the House Committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity and National Planning and Economic Development to review the employability criteria of all MDAs to ensure no eligible applicant is discriminated against on the basis of age;
Mandate the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure the deliberations and resolutions of this Honourable House is communicated to all MDAs and comply with eliminate discrimination in the civil service