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Ondo LG caretaker committees inaugurated



The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday swore in newly appointed caretaker committees of local governments in the state and urged them to continue with the projects started by their predecessors.

The Caretaker Chairperson of Akure South and Akoko Southwest local governments, however, had their tenures extended.

Mr. Mimiko said the new appointments became inevitable following the recent dissolution of the former Local Government Caretaker Committees, noting that it was the fourth set of Caretaker Committees to be appointed since the inception of his administration.

While praising the achievements recorded by the chairpersons and members of the out-gone Local Government Caretaker Committees, he said the state government had complemented the efforts of the local governments by providing people-oriented projects across the state.

“Your role as Chairmen of Caretaker Committees is to coordinate the activities in your Local Governments, preside over all Council meetings and ensure proper maintenance of the facilities we have established in your Local Government Areas,” Mr. Mimiko charged the appointees.

“Accordingly, I hereby charge you, to consolidate on the various achievements already recorded by your predecessors in office. You have to ensure that none of the people-oriented projects you are now inheriting is abandoned as government is a continuum.”

While charging them to be prudent with limited funds available, the governor said the councils should seek better ways to generate revenue to execute their respective programs.

They were also asked to adhere to the policies of the Peoples Democratic Party to justify their appointments.

“To enjoy a peaceful tenure, you must cultivate good relationship with the political leaders and traditional rulers in your Local Governments while also ensuring a harmonious relationship between your Committees and career officers,” Mr. Mimiko said.

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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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