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Tinubu seeks more time for Buhari

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All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is seeking a 100-day “honeymoon” for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari, in his view, should not yet be put on the performance scale.

Tinubu was answering reporters’ questions yesterday after meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

To the former Lagos State governor, it is too early to conclude that the President has been slow in bringing about change since he mounted the saddle on May 29.

Justifying his call, Tinubu explained that a lot of careful planning was required before implementation and that is exactly what Buhari has been doing.

He said President Buhari cannot perform magic to bring instant changes to the country, which he noted had been brought to its knees by the rudderless Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, Buhari needed more time to plan, examine, rejig, re-evaluate what was bequeathed to his administration to enable him apply accurate measures that will bring about the changes Nigerians desire.

Nigeria, he said, has had many problems because of the policies that were created without adequate and effective planning.

Replying a question on the delayed changes expected by Nigerians, Tinubu said: “Excuse me! Let us calm now here. How long ago? May 29th was when this president was sworn in. It is an international norm all over the world, there is a honeymoon period, at least minimum of 100 days honeymoon.

“And you won’t allow honeymoon at all? You said change is not coming; change is not by magic; it is driven by the people, the spirit and the character and the planning.

“You see, we have had so much problem in this country in the past because we run into policy blindfolded, without adequate and effective planning. You don’t have results unless you plan well.

“The time it takes you to plan, examine, rejig, re-evaluate is more important than the time you just rush into taking action because you are either being sentimental, being emotional and being driven by other forces that are not expected.

“It is not fair to jump into those conclusions. There must be time to plan, to review and even listen to people. There is a separation between a campaign period, articulating your vision, expressing the promises to Nigerians, there is a time to look holistically at what you inherited, analyse it, distill and then take action.

“Even in 100 meters race, there is a time to say ‘on to your mark, get set, ready, go’. So, you don’t even want a time to be on your mark, set and go? No, no, no, you are not being fair.”

The APC Leader said he was at the Presidential Villa to ensure that the right track is maintained.

His words: “The purpose of this visit is to see my President and our leader. The purpose is to ensure we are on the right track and coming back from a very successful trip to the United States of America (USA).”

Tinubu dismissed as erroneous the report that the President’s meeting with APC members in the House of Representatives on Monday was deadlocked, saying; “that is the conclusion of the press”. “Deadlocked! If we are going for literally translation, that is people’s opinion, I have not read any comment from the parties, whether it was deadlocked or not; that is the media conclusion.

“But the question is a political process. It needs to develop its own life to be worked upon to really stabilise and continue to serve the interest of the populace.

“As a matter of fact, when the National Assembly job starts, the job of lawmaking in earnest, the president needs to step in once in a while as he did to let people to understand the import of the expectations of the public and particularly of the international community on various programmes and institutions.

“We need to build the institutions, make it … effective for the entire country. To step in to douse any conflict is not a wrong thing or do you think is wrong?”

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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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