Aso Rock staff, civil servants celebrate Xmas, New Year without December pay

A staff said this was the first time it had ever happened in the villa.

Top civil servants working at the State House, Aso Rock, Abuja had a bleak yuletide with members of their families, as they spent Christmas and the New Year without the payment of their December salary.

One of the affected staff  said this was the first time in several years that any administration in the country would fail to pay the staff working directly under the President their salary before Christmas and the New Year.

The staff, who pleaded that his identity be protected for fear of being victimised by the authorities, said in the past, workers in the Villa were not only sure of their salary, but also other goodies as well, especially from the President. Continue reading

Partner Nigeria on anti-terrorism war, UN urges W/African countries

ImageSpecial Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, has called on countries in the West African sub-region to join Nigeria in her determination to rid the region of the menace of terrorism.

He said that it was only by wiping out terrorism that peace, stability and development could take place.

Djinnit, who is also Chairman, Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, spoke during a visit to the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, in Abuja.

He said: “The threat of extremism or terrorism is affecting all our countries in West Africa and Africa in general, hence there is need for all to work together as a team.”

Djinnit explained that the visit was to see how he (Djinnit) could work closely with ECOWAS and leaders of the sub-region towards combining efforts to stabilise the region and create conditions for lasting peace. Continue reading

SHOCKING: Nigeria holds world record in number of children out of school:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has released a shocking report indicating that one out of every five Nigerian children is out of school.

In what is clearly a national disgrace for a country that is the world’s eight largest oil producer, the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EAGMR) says Nigeria holds the world record of having the highest number of its young people out of school.

With approximately 10.5 million kids out of school, Nigeria dominates twelve other countries with which it accounts for 47 percent of the global out-of-school population.

The other countries are Pakistan (5.1 million); Ethiopia (2.4million); India (2.3million); Philippines (1.5million); Cote D’Ivoire (1.2million); Burkina Faso (1million); Niger (1million); Kenya (1million); Yemen (0.9million); Mali (0.8million) and South Africa (0.7million). Continue reading

2015 polls will be better than 2011 – Jega

INEC-Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday assured that the 2015 polls would be better than the 2011 elections.

Speaking in Abuja when he received the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria management team led by its Director-General, Dr. Samson Shuaibu, chairman of the commission; Prof. Attahiru Jega called on stakeholders to support the commission in its determination to conduct a free, fair and credible elections in 2015.

The INEC boss also promised that the Commission was committed to a thorough voter education and public enlightenment before the 2015 elections.

He said, “We in INEC are aware of the enormous responsibilities that have been placed in our hands to produce a framework and deepen democracy in our country. We have been doing our best in that regard. We have benefited tremendously from the participation of all stakeholders, and their assistance was responsible for the achievements recorded in the 2011 elections. Continue reading