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Okonjo Iweala Endorsed By ECOWAS President For WTO Director General Appointment

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The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government has endorsed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 2021 to 2025.
This was made known in a statement signed by President Mahamodu Issoufou, Chairman of the Authority and made available by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday in Abuja.

Issoufou stated that the ECOWAS Presidents endorsed Okonjo-Iweala for the position following her established reputation as a fearless reformer, managerial experience of multilateral institutions, and excellent political skills.

“The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government takes note of the communication of the Chairman of the General Council of the WTO.

“Announcing the commencement of a process for the appointment of a new Director General of WTO, with the opening and closing dates of nominations set as June 8, and July 8, 2020 respectively.

“The Federal Republic of Nigeria has formally nominated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of Director-General of WTO for the period 2021 to 2025.

“The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government endorsed the Candidate of Nigeria having acknowledged her long years of managerial experience at the top echelons of multilateral institutions.

“Her excellent academic qualifications, her positions as Managing Director World Bank, and currently as Board Chair Gavi, and AU Special Envoy to Mobilize Financial Resources for the fight against Covid19,” he stated

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We Are Aware Of Events regarding Iskilu Wakili And Police Handling The Matter – Governor Makinde

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Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has reacted to the arrest of Iskilu Wakili, the notorious herder and Kidnapper terrorizing Ibarapa Community.

The Governor while speaking said the government of Oyo state is aware of the events that took place in Kajola, Ibarapa North local government and the eventual arrest of the Oodua People’s Congress members who were actively involved in the matter by the Police.

According to the Governor, he said the state government is actively responding to the matter, taking steps necessary to promote the interest of Oyo citizens.

Makinde stressed that measures is been taking to ensure safety of the citizens of the state.

Mr Makinde implore members of the public to endeavor to call 615 toll free when security breaches is suspected.

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Edo Politics: Court Rules In Favor Of Ize Iyamu, Gani Audu

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The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the recently concluded election in Edo state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his Running mate, Gani Audu has won the appeal case against the sitting governor in the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City.

The three member Judges of the Appeal Court, Justices O.F. Omoleye, B.A. Georgewill and E.O. Oho in their ruling set aside the judgement of High Court in Benin which declared Alhaji Gani Audu not fit to contest the election based on certificate forgery.

While reading the Judgement, he said after thorough examination, the Panel could not confirmed a forgery case against Audu.

The Judges also ruled that the matter is statute barred as the appeal was filed outside the fourteen days threshold as stipulated by the law.

The Panel therefore declared them fit to contest the election.

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Nigerians Are Disappointed With NASS For Confirming Sacked Service Chiefs As Ambassadors- Wike

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Governor Wike of Rivers State has expressed his disappointment over the confirmation of the immediate past Service Chiefs by the Senate for another National assignment as non Career Ambassadors.

Wike, while reacting to the appointment of the just sacked Service Chiefs through his social media page, said he was disappointed by the actions of the Senate who supported the call to sack them for incompetence still went ahead to confirm same set of persons for another National Job.

“You Senators sat and discuss that they should dismiss the Service Chiefs for not performing, now the same people who were not performing, you have confirmed them as Ambassadors. What kind of Country are we,” he said.

Wike said he was not saying this as an opposition to the party at the center but as a concern individual who felt what happened is unimaginable.

“I wonder why Senators who agreed with Nigerians when they decried the poor performance of the Service Chiefs will still sit to confirm them for another appointment”

There were calls from different quarters for the sack of the immediate past Service Chiefs for their inability to restructure Nigeria security architecture and put an end to the activities of insurgency and banditry ravaging all parts of the Country.

Boko Haram insurgency in the North, unending banditry across the Country, hence the reasons for the Senate move to sack the service Chiefs who were later confirmed for another sensitive National assignment by same Senate.

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