Court orders the cancellation of NNPC recruitment due to age discrimination:

A public lawyer by the name pelumi olajengbesi has filled a law suit against NNPC over their selection of age during job application.

federal high court in Abuja has ordered the suspension of the ongoing Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation’s job recruitment due to a law suit filed by Pelumi Olajengbesi against them.

According to the News men, Olajengbesi, a public
interest lawyer, commenced the enforcement of fundamental human rights
of all potential applicants to set aside the recruitment by the NNPC
on the ground that it was discriminatory and being selective.
The fact that this is happening in a country where jobs have become more difficult to get than going to school..

The recruitment had automatically disqualified Nigerians above the age of 28 from
applying for the vacant positions.

Olajengbesi had faults this on the age criterion and barrier placed on the ongoing
recruitment of the NNPC noting that it has violated section 3(e)(iv) of
the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), 2009 which protected
the public interest of Nigerian citizen and how they have every right to apply for jobs been offered..

He wrote his complaints to the then Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr.
Maikanti Baru, on March 26,he threatened to drag the organisation to
court for placing discriminatory age requirements on qualified.
Nigerians who would have applied for the jobs advertised by the
corporation. and this isn’t the first time NNPC is being discriminative when it comes to age requirement..for there are lots of Nigerians who are above 28 who are qualified and have all it takes to apply for that job.

The NNPC had issued vacancy for number of positions invited applications and added that they must not be above 28years of age, as of
December 31, 2018, and must be a graduate of university or polytechnic and your year of graduation should not be above or before 2014.

At the first court hearing on October 18, the applicant pleaded with the court to ensure
that justice was served on behalf of the unemployed Nigerians who needed to know
their stand in the matter.and also their fundamental human rights should not be stepped on.

“The matter has long been before the court and the rest of the matter
is at a stake.

“I pray that the matter be heard justly together with the preliminary
objection filed by the respondents in the interest of justice,” the
applicant stated.

When the matter was called upon, the applicant’s counsels informed the
court that the respondent filed his counter claim on October 15, 2019.

In reply, the respondent informed the court that he was very I’ll and had undergo surgery.
The presiding judge, Justice Muhammed Tsoho informed the
respondent’s counsel that his counter was not properly filed before
the court and so had not been regularised.

The court on its own part considering the urgent nature of the matter ,granted an
adjournment for the respondents to regularise their counter properly so it can be regularised by the court.

Meanwhile the judge ordered that both parties must maintain the status quo.
pending the hearing of the substantive suit. He adjourned the case
until October 29 for proper hearing.


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