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Dangote Foundation distributes relief materials to 5, 000 families



Dangote Foundation at the weekend commenced the distribution of relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno States.

The distribution programme, in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, is targeting a minimum of 5, 000 families in the three states. Managing Director of Dangote Foundation, Zuwaira Youssofu, assured the IDPs that the foundation will live up to its promise of supporting them, meeting them at their points of need, praying that their travails will soon be over.

According to her, “One of our foundation’s missions is to relief the sufferings of the people. We identify where the sufferings are and move aggressively to the area to ameliorate them.”

She said: “A special victims’ fund has been set up, which we have made a pledge to. Today, we are here in the context of Ramadan, just to let the internally displaced ones in Yola know that we remember them, and we are with them through this journey.

“We, the Dangote Foundation are distributing products like Dangote Spaghetti, Rice, DanQ Seasoning, Salt, Sugar and Blankets, to bring relief to the people in this camp. We are in Yola now, but we are targeting a minimum of 5,000 families in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. We are physically here in Yola to witness the distribution process. We are partnering with Like Mind, an NGO that volunteer to facilitate the distribution exercise

Coordinator of the NGO, Fatima Kiyari, lauded the foundation and prayed specially for the Chairman of the foundation, Aliko Dangote that “God will bless Aliko Dangote.

The number of lives he has been able to touch today is unbelievable, not to talk of other camps where distribution is going on in Yobe and Borno that are ten times bigger than the camps here,” she said. One of the recipients of the relief materials, Malam Ari Gwaza, also lauded the foundation’s philanthropic gesture and appealed to other notable Nigerians to emulate the good deeds of Dangote and use their wealth also for the poor.

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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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