Nigeria:Over 80,000 ‘Ghost Officers’ Uncovered in Police Force

[Premium Times] The 371,800 figure often quoted as the number of members of the Nigeria Police Force in the country included no fewer than 80,115 ‘ghost officers’, data obtained from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation by PREMIUM TIMES have uncovered.

Continue reading

Africa: Africa Leads the Way in Election Technology, but There’s a Long Way to Go

[Democracy Works] Kenya’s recently annulled elections will soon be re-run, but the long-term questions they raised about election management are still unanswered. The spotlight is on the work of international observer teams, but there are also much wider questions of electoral capacity – problems that extend to the top of the African Union, and thence across the whole continent.

Continue reading

Nigeria: On JAMB’s New Cut-Off Mark

[Guardian] The new cut-off marks of 120 over 400 approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders for admission into universities in the federation is the most idiotic, thoughtless and incomprehensible admission policy for aspiring candidates of university education that this country has ever had. It is ridiculous, baffling and regressive. At a time well-meaning Nigerians are making frantic efforts to salvage a tertiary educational system in distress, the latest policy is an unexpected

Continue reading