Lawyer Petitions FG over Recruitment Age Limit – January 2023 News

Popular Nigerian human rights lawyer, Tolu Babaleye, has yesterday petitioned the Federal Government over the 30-year age limit for the ongoing recruitment by the Nigeria Immigration Service. Lawyer Petitions FG over Recruitment Age Limit

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Recall that, the Nigeria Immigration Service, in a recruitment advert earlier published in a national daily, pegged the maximum age limits for applicants at 30 years while doctors and pharmacists must not be more than 35 years.

An original copy of the petition has made available today to PUNCH which is been well addressed to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The NIS petition read in part, “we wish to call on the Management of Immigration Service and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Senate of the Federal Republic to Immediately remove that age barrier or change it to 40 years and sustain this for the next 10 years to take care of the backlog of employable Nigeria Youths and graduates from the Universities, the Polytechnics and as well Colleges of Education across the country.

However, Tolu Babaleye in an interview with punch correspondent, said such a maximum age limit for employment in Nigeria should be erased from recruitment exercises in the country, adding that such a peg was far from the realities on the ground.

According to the Legal Practitioner, the current situation in the country had left many youths jobless and above the specified age, adding that several youths who graduated from higher institutions ended up wasting years without securing a white collar job. Lawyer Petitions FG

Tolu said, that the petition is typically about the Nigerian youths and their rights. We made it known that a letter has wrote to the National Assembly and other agencies to stop using Nigerian youths as victims. (the) Immigration service has just released an advert for recruitment into the service and they placed the maximum entry age at 30 years which is detrimental to the Nigerian youths chances of employment.

According to Tolu, this is unwarranted and insensitive on the part of the government because Nigerian youths are expected to study for at least four years in the university after passing through the huddles of getting admission.

The human rights lawyer “Tolu” added, “Even the ones who graduated early could not access white collar jobs for five years and more and by the time the job opportunity will come as we have with Immigration now and many others like them, the prospective applicants would have crossed that 30-year age limit. It’s quite unfair.

A letter of petition has been written and forwarded to the National Assembly, Immigration and Customs for them to see reasons why they need to remove that peg of 30 years as the age limit for recruitment. He added; In advanced countries, there is no discrimination on age, Everybody can work and as long as they can work, no age is useless.


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