States’ civil servants: Poorly paid, uninsured

While organised labour continues to battle government at all levels over welfare of workers, especially as regards remuneration, the case remains different as over two million state civil servants are engaged without group life insurance. Sunday Ojeme reports     Nigerian civil servants, especially those at the state level are currently in a fix. This reality will actually dawn on them either in retirement or if, unfortunately, they encounter an accident that may end up taking their life or rendering them permanently or partially disabled. Two factors are currently responsible…

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Court remands civil servant in prison over alleged abduction of 3-year-old girl

A Sokoto Chief Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered that a civil servant, Abubakar Umar, be remanded in prison for alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl. Umar, 53, who resides at Gidandawa area of Sokoto, is charged with one-count of abduction. The Chief Magistrate, Nuraddeen Bello, who gave the order, adjourned the case until Nov. 15, for mention. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Monday Kennedy, had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 4, at his residence. Kennedy said the accused lured the little girl into his room…

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Fear grips workers over non-payment of benefits

Civil Servants in Taraba State are scared of retiring from their jobs following the state government’s failure to meet its retirement benefit obligations. Lamenting the situation in Jalingo, the state Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), James A. Ajoji, said it was sad that many civil servants who retired in the state had died without getting their retirement benefits. He therefore stressed the need for the state government to start paying pension and gratuity in order to reduce their suffering, adding that the state government…

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Obasanjo Farms leases 2,559 hectares of land in Benue

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The Benue State government has approved the leasing of a total of 2, 559 hectares of land to Obasanjo Farms Limited, owned by Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun at a whooping cost of N127. 950 million for a period of five years. Each hectare of land costs N10,000. This was part of the resolutions reached by members of the state executive council during its meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital. The resolution came when the state government…

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Benue APC promoting impunity, says ex-lawmaker

Former Minority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly and Chairmanship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Terngu Abali, yesterday, accused the party in the state of promoting high level of impunity. He also faulted the ongoing screening of aspirants for the June 3 local government elections, saying the entire exercise is shrouded in secrecy. Speaking with Sunday Telegraph in an exclusive interview, Abali said he has lost confidence in the leadership of the party in the state chapter of the APC, saying that…

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