In a diplomatic attempt to break down the barriers of unemployment among Nigerians, the Senate have moved a motion to erase the requirements of age bracket and years of experience that denies most unemployed Nigerians potential job opportunities.
This was revealed through tweets from the official handle of the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, November 8. According to Vanguard, the senate suggested a state of emergency be declared on the rising rate of unemployment in the country as well as unemployment benefits for unemployed Nigerians.
A lot of graduates had been rejected from job prospects either for lack of experience, age or years gap between time of college graduation and job hunt. Hence, Senator Urhoghide argued “it is not the fault of applicants that they were not employed earlier and should not suffer for it.” He also recognised the numerous damages age & cognate requirements have on eligible job applicants even as Federal Character is not followed.
During a senate plenary, Senator Duro Faseyi raised the alarm that the number of unemployed and underemployed citizens has rose from 24.4Million to 26.06Million in 2016 2nd Quarter, as confirmed by the NBStatistics.
Other senators in support of the motion to do away with age and experience bracket as qualification for jobs in Nigeria include: Senators Clifford Ordia, Biodun Olujimi, and Ike Ekweremadu who insisted that there is the need for transparency and fairness to fill the few employment opportunities available.
According to Senator Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger), the National Directorate for Employment has informed of the many innovative programmes that covers various sectors in many locations across the nation.
Therefore the senate now resolved to mandate MDAs to de-emphasize age bracket requirements for recruitment of first time applicants.