A Bill for an Act to abolish age barrier in government employment on Wednesday passed second reading at the House of Representatives.
The “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies; and for Related Matters (HB. 1502)” was sponsored by Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos).
Mr Ogun, while moving the motion for a second reading, said the new law will ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified from government employment on the basis of age.
According to him, the bill will first take effect on federal government MDAs before other sectors.
“It is a key responsibility of we parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, to ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is discriminated against with regard to age in employment opportunities in Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs),” he said.
Mr Ogun added that the adopting that measure will curb the menace of unemployment in Nigeria.
In his part, Babajimi Benson, who co-sponsored the bill, while giving his submission, pointed out that apart from age, sex, religion and ethnicity are other variables in which discrimination is rampant in Nigeria.
“I therefore call for the abolition that has deprived qualified, energetic, and patriotic Nigerians the opportunity to fulfil their goals and contribute to societal development.”
In his contribution, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun) argued that the major aim of the bill has been taken care of by relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which if enforced, could be taken advantage of by anyone affected by discrimination in government employment.
When put to voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the bill was unanimously adopted for second reading.