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Taraba ex-military governor, Dickson dies



A former military administrator of Taraba state Col. Yohana Mamman Dickson (rtd) is dead.

He died at the Barau Dikko General hospital in Kaduna on Tuesday after a brief illness, his family announced on Thursday.

Aged 65 years, late Col. Yohanna will be buried at his home town Unguwan Baki, Kanikon, Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State next week Friday

He was born on 28th December, 1950 into the family of Mamman Dickson, and was enrolled into junior ECWA primary school in 1958 and in 1962 before proceeding to senior ECWA primary school.

In 1965, he attended St. Edna’s Teacher College, Zaria and enrolled into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) on 16th April, 1970, for the 8th Regular Course.

Late Dickson was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant on 9th September, 1972..

.He attended many military courses within and outside the country and held many military service appointments

He was appointed the military administrator of Taraba State from December 1993 to August 1996  by Late General Sanni Abacha..

He voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army after 27 years of service on 31st January, 1997.

After his retirement from the military, he join politics as a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and contested the Southern Kaduna Senatorial seat on four occasions but failed.

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  1. Kingham ibrahim mba

    July 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Comment to be fact the military administration is a goodman we the people of taraba state have lose him may his gentle soul rest in bosson of the Lord.

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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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