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NLC directs Osun worker to resume strike

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Barely 24 hours after the suspension of a seven-week strike by labour  unions in Osun State over unpaid salaries, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, has directed workers to resume the suspended strike on Wednesday.
Adekomi said this in a programme monitored on a radio station, RayPower FM in Osogbo on Tuesday night by our correspondent.
Although efforts  to confirm from the NLC chairman were unsuccessful as calls put across to his telephone did not connect, the Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state, Mr. Mohammed Abdulahi, confirmed the resumption of the strike in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
Abdullahi stated that the NLC chairman had directed workers to resume the strike.
He said, “The state government has reneged on the earlier MoU signed with labour that it would pay us two months. They just paid some half of a month salary while some have not even received  any.
“This is a violation of the agreement and we are calling on all teachers and other workers  to remain at home until further directive is given by the labour.”
The NLC chairman had earlier said workers in the state had rejected the payment of 50 per cent of January salaries by the state government.
He said all affiliate unions of the NLC would meet decide on the next line of action.
Adekomi said, ” We are rejecting the payment of half salaries because that was not what we agreed on. All affiliate unions of the labour will meet later today ( Tuesday) to deliberate on the issue. But those  that have not been paid at all can remain at home.”
Also, some local government workers told our correspondent around 2pm on Tuesday that they had yet to receive  an alert from their banks.
But the All Progressives Congress in the state has appealed to workers to show understanding with the government, saying the balance of their salaries would be paid very soon.
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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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