An Abuja High Court has ordered the suspension of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC ongoing job recruitment pending determination of a suit filed by one Pelumi Olajengbesi.
Olajengbesi, a public interest lawyer, had 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 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 Maikanti Baru, on March 26, threatening to drag the organisation to court for placing discriminatory age requirement on qualified Nigerians who would have applied for the jobs advertised by the corporation.
The presiding judge, Justice Muhammed Tsoho informed the respondents counsel that his counter was not proper before the Court and had not been regularised. He adjourned the matter until October 29, for hearing.