On November 8, 2016, Nigerian Senate during plenary moved the motion to do away with the requirements of age bracket and years of experience that denies most unemployed Nigerians the opportunity to get jobs. This was revealed through tweets from the official handle of the Nigerian Senate. In addition, a call was made for a state of emergency to be declared on unemployment in Nigeria as well as unemployment benefits for unemployed Nigerians.
A resolution was also made to invite the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to provide insight into government’s road map towards tackling unemployment in the country.
Interestingly, I wrote a petition on the same subject matter earlier this year on SumOfUs.org but could not make the desired impact at that time.
NIGERIA: ABOLISH EMPLOYMENT AGE BARRIER.
This is important because :
1. It goes against section 42(2) of the 1999 constitution as amended, which stipulates that no citizen should be subjected to any deprivation by reason of circumstance to his birth.
2. Section 2205 of Federal Government Public Services rules allows for applicants between the age of 15 years to 50 years.
3. It will curb the trend of unlawful declaration of age among Nigerian youths.
4. It will dampen the lingering unemployment status in the country.
Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.
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