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El-Rufai nominates 13 Commissioners

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Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has nominated 13 persons as members of the state executive council.

In a letter to Aminu Shagali, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Mr. El-Rufai requested the legislators to consider and approve his nominees. The governor also attached the indicative portfolios of the nominees in the interest of transparent screening process.

The nominees are:

Name Portfolio
1 Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok: Health and Human Services

2 Hajiya Rabi M.G. Abdulsalam: Women Affairs and Social Development

3 Engr. Suleiman Aliyu Lere: Water Resources

4 Muhammed Sani Abdullahi: Budget and Planning

5 Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari: Agriculture and Forestry

6 Muhammad Bashir Saidu: Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs

7 Hon. Suleiman Abdu Kwari: Finance

8 Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu: Education, Science and Technology

9 Dr. Ya’u Usman Idris: Environment and Natural Resources
10 Hon. Daniel Auta: Youth, Sport and Culture

11 Shehu Balarabe: Commerce, Industry and Tourism

12 Amina Ruth Dyeris-Sijuwade: Justice

13 Usman Mahmud Hassan: Works, Housing and Transport

Jonathan Andrew Nok, the nominee for the Health and Human Services portfolio, is a professor of Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Born in 1962, he won the Nigerian National Merit Award in 2010 and is the author of several highly-rated publications. He is from Jaba local government area.

Rabi M.G. Abdulsalam, the nominee for the Women Affairs and Social Development portfolio, was born in 1969. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration. She has previously served as special assistant to two governors of the state. She is from Kaduna North.

Suleiman Aliyu Lere is nominated for the Water Resources ministry. Born in 1968, he holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering. He has worked in the business and banking sectors. He is from Lere.

Muhammed Sani Abdullahi is nominated for the Budget and Planning ministry. Born in 1979, he holds two master’s degrees, one in Development Economics and Policy, the other in International Affairs and Diplomacy.

Widely known as Dattijo, he was most recently working at the United Nations where he was an adviser to the Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon on designing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will be replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) later this year.

Dattijo has worked as Economic Adviser to the Nigeria Governors Forum and as an adviser to Amina Mohammed while she was Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs. He is from Kaduna North.

Manzo Daniel Maigari is the nominee for the Agriculture and Forestry ministry. Born in 1969, he is a doctor of veterinary medicine. He has served in various NGOs and is a member of various professional bodies. He is from Kachia.

Muhammad Bashir Saidu is the nominee for the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs ministry. Born in 1957, he holds an MBA and a post-graduate diploma in Shipping and Transport Management. He is from Zaria.

Suleiman Abdu Kwari is the nominee for the Finance ministry. Born in 1962, he holds an MBA. He is a financial consultant and has served as a commissioner in the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a former member of the House of Representatives. He was chairman of Sabon-Gari local government council between 1991 and 1993.

Shehu Usman Adamu is nominated for the Education, Science and Technology portfolio. Born in 1968, this former lecturer holds a Ph.D in Applied Parasitology. He was a member representing Maigana in the state House of Assembly. He is from Soba.

Ya’u Usman Idris, the Environment and Natural Resources nominee, was born in 1964. He holds a Ph.D in Applied Nuclear Physics. He has worked at the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. He is from Kauru.

Daniel Amuze Auta, the Youth, Sports and Culture nominee, is from Chikun. Born in 1956, he holds a diploma in Production Management. He is a former member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

Shehu Balarabe is nominated for the Commerce, Industry and Tourism ministry. Born in 1967, he holds an MBA. He has worked in NEPA and in the private sector. He is from Giwa.

Amina Ruth Dyeris-Sijuwade is nominated for the Justice ministry. Born in 1968, she holds degrees in English and Law. She has been a legal practitioner, NGO worker and consultant. She is from Jema’a.

Usman Mahmud Hassan is nominated for the Works, Housing and Transport portfolio. Born in 1962. He is an electrical engineer, with experience working in the public and private sectors. He is from Kudan.

Signed.

Samuel Aruwan

Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to Governor El-Rufai
29 July 2015

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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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

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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

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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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