A bill seeking to stop age restrictions against job seekers in Federal Government agencies has passed its second reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill was sponsored by Hon. Sergius Ogun, a PDP member representing Esan North East/South East Federal Constituency of Edo State in the National Assembly.
The bill requests that the practice of disqualifying job seekers because of their age, who are ordinarily qualified for positions in the Federal Government agencies should be stopped.
“The rationale for this bill is to ensure that no artificial barrier is allowed to preponderate over merit, which rarely has anything to do with age,” he said.
According to him, that system only helps to widen the unemployment gap in the country and must be reviewed.
He cited that it is common to see job adverts, requesting for applications for employment and pegging the age between 25 and 28 years for entry level.