A lawyer based in Abuja, Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi, has expressed his intention of drag the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to court for what he described as “discriminatory” recruitment process.
The lawyer, in a latter to the Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, threatened to approach the court in a bid to ensure the protection of the fundamental rights of Nigerians who were qualified to apply but were barred from participating because of age criteria.
Station Magazine understands that the criteria for the recruitment required that applicants must not be more than 28 years of age as at Dec. 31, 2018.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the criteria for Graduate Trainee among others require applicants to have graduated from an accredited University/Polytechnic/Monotechnic not earlier than 2014.
According to him, the requirement for recruitment is against section 3(e)(iv) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) 2009, which protected the public interest of Nigerians.
“Following the advertisement for the 2019 NNPC recruitment for Graduate Trainee, Experienced Hires, Senior Officers and Supervisory Cadre on your official website, dated March 13, 2019 of which the criteria for application include that an applicant must not be above the ages of 28, 34 and 37 respectively.
“I wish to express outright disapproval on the above set criteria used by the Corporation in the ongoing recruitment as being discriminatory, segregatory and exclusive to the disadvantage of qualified Nigerians who may wish to participate in the process.
“My disapproval of this age discriminatory recruitment process is anchored on the provision of Section 42 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which stops any person, organisation or body from discriminating against any citizen of Nigeria,” Olajengbesi said in the letter.
According to him, the action of NNPC also violates section 17(3) of the Nigerian constitution which provides for the opportunity of securing adequate means of livelihood and abhors all unequal processes in the labour process.
The letter read in part, “The NNPC as a federal entity must be at the vanguard of safeguarding and justifying this provision through its dealings with the public.
“It is rather disheartening that an esteemed Corporation such as NNPC has set itself on the path of total disregard of constitutional provisions, while being an agent of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”