The country’s House of Representatives passed a “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies.”
Sergius Ogun, who moved the motion said the new law will ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified from government employment on the basis of age.
He also believes that private employers of labour would follow suit later.
The lawmaker added that the bill would also ensure that the fundamental human rights of job seekers are safeguarded while significantly reducing the spiralling number of unemployed graduates and school leavers on the streets.
A situation where university graduates spend up to six years and possibly graduate at the age of 25 for instance, while still mandated to serve in the youth service scheme for a year makes many young graduates to be at a disadvantage.
Such barriers “deprives qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development,” said another lawmaker.