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Court stops NNPC recruitment over age discrimination



A federal high court in Abuja has ordered the suspension of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s ongoing job recruitment pending the determination of a suit filed by Pelumi Olajengbesi.

Olajengbesi, a public interest lawyer, commenced the enforcement of the fundamental rights of all potential applicants to set aside the recruitment by the NNPC on the ground that it was discriminatory.

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

Olajengbesi had faulted the age criterion placed on the ongoing recruitment of the NNPC noting that it violated section 3(e)(iv) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), 2009 which protected the public interest of Nigerians

He had written to the then Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, on March 26, threatening 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.

The NNPC had invited applications from candidates for a number of positions including trainees who must not be more than 28 years as of December 31, 2018, and had graduated from a university or polytechnic not earlier than 2014.

At the hearing on October 18, the applicant prayed the court to ensure that justice was served on the unemployed Nigerians who needed to know their stand in the matter.