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Gov. Aregbesola reveals content of Ooni’s last text message

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The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday revealed the content of a text message the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, sent to him before he passed away.

“His Excellence, I am still not feeling good, So I am travelling abroad for medical check up of my body therefore I place your government under God’s guidance,”

Mr. Aregbesola made this known in Osogbo on Wednesday at a press conference where members of the family of the late monarch and his traditional council members officially announced his passing away.

The governor had disclosed last Friday that he received a text message from the monarch shortly before he left the country and would share the contents with the public as soon as it was convenient.

“The late Ooni represented the Yoruba nation and has done a lot in uplifting the traditional institution of the state,” Mr. Aregbesola said.

He added that the death of the Ooni was a great loss to the state and the Yoruba race but noted that the “king is not dead” because people do not say the king is dead in Yorubaland.

According to the monarch’s son,  Adetokunbo Sijuwade, the remains of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, will finally be laid to rest on Friday, August 14 at 10am.

Mr. Sijuade said his father’s body would be flown in from London on Thursday. Obalufe of Iremo,who is also the Vice Chairman of the Ife Traditional Council, Solomon Omisakin, and the Lowa Of Ile-Ife, Joseph Ijaodola, both affirmed the burial date of the Ooni at the press conference.

They also said they were happy with the life led by the late Ooni and praised his legacies.

While thanking the people of Osun State for their support for the late Ooni, they prayed God to help them get a better traditional ruler who would achieve better things for his people.

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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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