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Beggars, El-Rufai reach truce



Governor Nasir El-Rufai and beggars have reached an understanding on the recent ban on street begging and hawking in Kaduna State. That is following the government’s decision to rehabilitate and train the disabled persons on various skills yesterday.

El Rufai, who made this known after visiting the Kaduna State Rehabilitation Centre, which is located at Kakuri and the beggars’ colony at Kano road, said that the interest of a group who think they have the right to beg cannot override the security of over eight million residents of Kaduna State.

It will be recalled that Kaduna State government had banned street begging and hawking, following the suicide bomb attack which claimed 25 lives in Zaria last Tuesday.

The government said that the measure was for security reasons.

At the weekend, beggars took to the streets in protest of the ban and threatened to continue begging because government has not given them an alternative source of livelihood.

The beggars also threatened to sue El Rufai for defamation, for linking them with the Zaria bombing.

However, the physically challenged have agreed to sheathe their sword and give up begging as El Rufai promised to rehabilitate the Rehabilitation Centre which has the capacity to house and train 500 physically challenged people.

The governor clarified that no beggar will be re-patriated on the ground that he is not an indigene of Kaduna State, adding that all residents of the state will be given equal opportunity under his administration.

El-Rufai also promised to acquire a land for the disabled at the Kano Road Beggars Colony, which will be located close to their place of abode in order to build a training centre for them

Responding, head of the beggars in Kaduna State, Abdullahi Samaila, commended El Rufai for visiting them and promised to cooperate with him.

He further said that they do not derive pleasure in begging for alms but were compelled to do so out of survival.

Abdullahi promised that his members will get out of the streets once the governor fulfills his promise.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme



The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer




A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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