Influential Brother Of Afghan President Killed At Home

The younger half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, one of the most powerful and controversial men in southern Afghanistan, was shot dead at his home on Tuesday by a senior and highly trusted family security guard.Ahmad Wali Karzai’s assassination will leave a dangerous power vacuum in volatile Kandahar province, the Taliban’s birthplace and a focus of recent efforts by a surge of U.S. troops to turn the tide against the insurgency.
He was accused of corruption and ties to the opium trade, but always denied wrongdoing and was strongly supported by his brother whose influence he shored up in the south.
President Karzai may find his reach there is now limited as a potentially violent power struggle plays out among the possible successors to his brother.
“We felt more safe when Ahmad Wali Karzai was around,” said Tooryalai Wesa, the governor of Kandahar who outranked Karzai, but like almost everyone in the province deferred to him.
“His loss will have a negative impact on issues with tribes, and current affairs and security. Kandahar today witnessed the darkest day,” Wesa added at a news conference.
Ahmad Wali Karzai, born in 1961. was head of the Kandahar Provincial Council, a largely consultative role, but his power came from his family and tribal connections and his fortune.
He was shot dead by Sardar Mohammad, a senior member of the Karzai family’s security team in Kandahar who had known his victim for at least a decade and was based at a compound in the village of Karz, where both brothers were born.
Mohammad traveled into Kandahar on Tuesday morning saying he had an application he needed to give his boss, Kandahar police chief Abdul Razeq told a news conference.
“The man carried his pistol through the security checks to Wali Karzai’s room. As soon as Wali Karzai came out of bathroom, he opened fire and shot him in the head and chest,” Razeq said.
Mohammad was shot dead by Karzai’s bodyguards moments after opening fire, witnesses and officials said.
Ahmad Wali Karzai was the first of Karzai’s close relatives to be killed since he became president, but their father was assassinated in 1999 while in exile in Pakistan.
“My younger brother was martyred in his house today,” President Karzai said at a news conference in Kabul held with his visiting French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy. “I hope these miseries, which every Afghan family faces, will one day end.”
The White House condemned the killing in “the strongest possible terms” spokesman Jay Carney said. Asked about a reported Taliban claim of responsibility, Carney said, “We don’t know who’s responsible. There have been some claims, and we will certainly work with the Afghan authorities on that.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called President Karzai to express condolences to him and his family and said in a statement that the United States condemned the assassination “in the strongest terms.”
“We join President Karzai in his prayer for peace and stability in Afghanistan and remain committed to supporting the government and people of Afghanistan in their struggle for peace,” Clinton said in a State Department statement.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan David Petraeus and Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani were among others who condemned the killing and offered condolences.
Karzai flew to Kandahar for the burial, set for early Wednesday morning, with ministers and other officials. Security was dramatically tightened, with helicopters circling overhead, extra checkpoints and many roads closed.
The killing cast a shadow over the city, which has been a focus of violence in recent months as the Taliban came under pressure in surrounding districts from a wave of extra troops ordered in by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009.
More than half of all assassinations in Afghanistan since March were carried out in Kandahar city, a U.N. report said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for one of the most high-profile political killings of the last decade after news of his death became public. In the past the security services have sometimes doubted instances when they have claimed responsibility.
Years in power and his sometimes ruthless operating methods meant there might be many other people keen to target Karzai, who was often known simply by his initials, AWK.
“I’m not sure whether I would assume that this was the Taliban because he had a lot of enemies down there,” said Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network.
But regardless of whether they had a hand in the killing, the Taliban are likely to benefit from his death.
“(He) is irreplaceable in Kandahar,” said Haroun Mir, head of Afghanistan’s Center for Research and Policy studies.
“Despite all the criticism, he was a stabilizing factor in Kandahar. Now Ahmad Wali Karzai is not there, others in Kandahar will be afraid. This is a real boost to the Taliban.”
Ahmad Wali Karzai had survived several other assassination attempts, including a May 2009 ambush on the road to Kabul when Taliban insurgents killed one of his bodyguards.
Ahmad Wali Karzai returned to Afghanistan after the removal of the Taliban government, leaving behind a career as a restaurateur in Chicago to eventually become probably the most powerful man in Kandahar.
The president will miss his support, particularly at a time when he is mired in a long-running dispute with parliament and faces a slow but steady reduction in Western financial and military support over the next four years.
The killing is also likely to alarm Western military and civilian officials, despite misgivings they had about him, because it comes at a time when they are trying to map out their departure from Afghanistan.
“The Americans and the British were extremely dependent on him for keeping a lot of these very prominent Pashtun tribes in line and not going over to the Taliban,” said Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani expert on the Taliban.

Factional Fighting Brings Yemen Unrest Nearer Saudi

Yemen’s north entered its fifth day on Tuesday, bringing violence closer to the border with Saudi Arabia, while the United States’ top counter-terrorism official visited Sanaa.
Twenty-three people have been killed and dozens injured in the northern province of Jawf since clashes broke out on Friday between members of Yemen’s main opposition party Islah and northern Shi’ite rebels known as Houthis.
Jawf lies along Yemen’s northern border with oil giant Saudi Arabia, which fears that unrest in its poverty-stricken southern neighbor could spill over and create a major security threat.
Fighting started when Houthis refused to give up an army base they occupied after the governor of Jawf fled two months ago, an opposition source said.
Saudi Arabia launched a military offensive against the Houthis after they briefly seized Saudi territory in late 2009. Houthi rebels have fought President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government on and off since 2004.
Protests against Saleh’s 33-year rule had united Houthis and protesters, including the Sunni Muslim Islah, but rifts have begun to appear as a political stalemate drags on.
Saleh left Yemen in political limbo when he flew to Saudi Arabia to seek treatment after he was severely injured by a bomb attack in the presidential palace in early June.
Before that, as protests against his rule raged, Saleh had three times rejected a transition deal brokered by Gulf Arab states, and held on to power.

U.S. envoy John Brennan, who met Saleh in Riyadh on Sunday to urge him to accept a transition plan, was in the capital Sanaa to meet the leader of the main opposition bloc.
“We met with Brennan and there was nothing new in the American stance,” said opposition leader Abu Bakr al-Badhib.
“He told us the president intends to return soon and that the Americans are not in favor of this, but he is resolved and says his return will help to pacify matters.”
In southern Yemen, which has borne the brunt of the crisis, at least two pro-opposition tribal gunmen were killed in clashes with forces loyal to Saleh in the city of Taiz, Al Jazeera television said.

Gbagbo Camp In Ivory Coast Imploding

A mentor under house arrest, key members behind bars or in exile, a party riven by infighting, Laurent  Gbagbo’s camp appears to be imploding three months after the downfall of the former Ivorian president.
After a decade in power and a four-month battle for power in Abdijan following last November’s disputed presidential poll, Gbagbo’s Ivorian People’s Front (FPI) is a shadow of its former self, with only the walls of its headquarters standing following widespread looting during the fighting.
And it suffered an even heavier blow Monday when its interim leader Mamadou Koulibaly announced he was leaving to join a new party named “Freedom and Democracy for the Republic” ahead of legislative polls scheduled later this year.
As a parting shot, Koulibaly, the speaker of the national assembly, blasted the FPI executive for refusing to accept change after Alassane Ouattara, who won the November poll, took over the reins of power.
In an interview with AFP, he highlighted the divisions which have now broken into the open.
“We found ourselves with three FPI: one official which I represented in Abidjan and two unofficial led by Ghana-based party exiles and by Justin Kone Katina, Gbagbo’s spokesman who is also out of the country.
The main source of disagreement is the fate of Gbagbo, who is under house arrest in the north of the country along with his wife Simone and 13 of their associates, including Pascal Affi N’Guessan, the FPI’s nominal head.
A party cannot have “as it sole programme the release of a leader,” said Koulibaly who is accused by his adversaries of seeking to abandon Gbagbo.
Ivorian judges are pressing ahead with their investigation of key members of the ousted regime and have already charged 24 of them who are being held in the northern town of Boundiali for embezzlement or threat to the state security.
“The release of our comrades is the party’s priority,” said Sylvain Miaka Ouretto, the FPI secretary general.
But party insiders said the rift was also caused by Koulibaly’s insistence on drawing lessons from the Gbagbo years ahead of legislative elections.
“Koulibaly had begun some self-criticism but the others are incapable of facing up to their responsibility in the post-electoral crisis,” one said.
“Gbagbo is a party idol, to touch him means committing hara-kiri (suicide)”, said analyst Dominique Ouya.
The future looks rather bleak for the party and its stars.
Charles Ble Goude, a die-hard Gbagbo supporter who served as his minister for youth, is now the target of an international arrest warrant.
Better known as the charismatic “street general” of the Young Patriots, a hardline loyalist movement, he now rails against Alassane Ouattara’s “dictatorial rule” but remains out of sight.

Are Children Becoming ‘Digitally Illiterate’?

As computers become ever more complicated, there are concerns that schools and universities are not teaching the basic programming skills that underpin some of Britain’s most successful industries.
The UK’s video games sector is bigger than either its film or music industries with over £2bn in global sales.
Just one best-selling game series, Tomb Raider made by British company Eidos has had sales of over 35 million.
It actually started back in 1989 when me and a friend sat down and we had this crazy idea for a game. It took about nine months to develop, mainly because we were lazy.
This game came out and was fantastically successful and we could eventually afford to eat.
The UK has been amazingly influential in the history of computer games, no doubt about it. We’ve had a rocky ride of being the most influential on Earth to dipping down when things got a bit tough, but guess what’s happening now?
Just around where I live in Guildford, there are around four or five small developers just set up in the last 12 months so I suspect there’s some great talent just waiting to sprout up there.
There are so many more independent gamers like I was 22 years ago who are in the same situation. I can already see some games coming up you can point to and say ‘those are going to be super successful’.
I am absolutely convinced that the huge creative talent that is going to help this industry move forward is in the independent gaming community at the moment.
Find out more: Radio 4’s Virtually Famous looks at the world of indie game designers
But with games becoming increasingly complicated to make, the programmers used to make the games are in high demand.
And there are concerns about where the talent of the future is going to come from.
From primary school to university, the skill of writing even basic programs has been largely displaced by lessons in how to use a computer.
“[Children] learn about Word and Powerpoint and Excel. They learn how to use the applications but don’t have the skills to make them,” says Ian Livingstone, life president of Eidos and government skills champion.
“It’s the difference between reading and writing. We’re teaching them how to read, we’re not teaching them how to write.
“The narrowness of how we teach children about computers risks creating a generation of digital illiterates.”
Livingstone is campaigning for computer science to become a separate subject on the school national curriculum. And its current omission is something that the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) believes is having a drastic impact on the digital industries.
“This skills gap is a threat not just to the future of the video games industry but also to any business that has computer technology at its core,” says Daniel Wood, of Ukie.
“Some companies [in the UK] are actually turning away work because they don’t have the staff with the skills and it’s only going to get worse.”
There is no shortage of university courses related to computer games – 84 institutions are offering 228 courses between them in 2011. But few match up to what the industry needs.
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industry currently only gives accreditation to 10 of these courses.
‘Bums on seats’
While keen to point out that not being accredited is not an absolute indication of whether a course is good or bad, Skillset says that a number of university courses are not up to scratch.
Between two thirds and three quarters of courses that apply to the council get refused.
Tomb Raider – a Survivor is Born screenshot
Tomb Raider is one of the world’s most successful games franchises
“The accreditation process is really rigorous and robust,” says Saint John Walker, Skillset’s computer games manager.

Mobile ‘Pinging’ Claim Raises Legal Questions

A former News of the World journalist’s allegation the newspaper paid police to track mobile phones raises serious questions about the UK’s eavesdropping laws, according to experts.
Sean Hoare said it was possible to “ping” a handset’s location for £300.
While there is no firm evidence to support the accusation, if true it would undermine safeguards within the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
The law outlines a system of checks intended to prevent it being abused.
Police can ask mobile networks to determine the location of a phone, based on information from nearby radio masts.
Only a handful of officers in each force is authorised to make such enquiries, and their requests are supposed to be approved by a senior colleague.
Poor compliance
The system is regulated and audited by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, Sir Paul Kennedy.
In his most recent report, Sir Paul found in 10% of cases where law enforcement bodies sought communications information, there was poor compliance with the rules.
Such audits are based on a sampling of police requests – something that leaves the system open to abuse, according to solicitor advocate Simon McKay, author of Covert Policing: Law and Practice.
“The resources of the commissioner empowered by statute to review it are fairly restrictive, so circumstances dictate that a tiny proportion of authorisations obtained will ever be reviewed meaningfully or critically by the commissioner,” he told BBC News.
At a basic level, they can determine which cell the phone is using. In a city, that might narrow-down the location to a few hundred metres. In the countryside it could be several kilometres.
It is also possible to triangulate the position of a phone more precisely using its relative position to several masts.
Additionally, many modern phones contain GPS technology to help determine their exact longitude and latitude.
Mobile operators are reluctant to discuss exactly what level of detail they are able to provide to law enforcement, although there are examples of police tracking criminals, accident victims and missing persons by their mobile phones.
“You are generally dealing with people that are experienced in using and deploying covert policing techniques and therefore their tradecraft equips them particularly well to minimise the risk of detection,” he said.
Freedom law
A new law, currently being considered by parliament – the Protection of Freedoms Bill – would require judicial approval for some Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) disclosures, but not those requested by police.
The BBC approached the government to see if it planned to ask Sir Paul to re-examine the safeguards around police use of RIPA.
A Home Office spokesman said it would not be taking such action before the prime minister had outlined the terms of reference for his two enquiries into the phone-hacking scandal.
Daniel Hamilton, the director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said he was happy to wait, provided there was eventually a review.
“I would have preferred if action had been taken earlier and intercepts had not been used on such a wide basis, but I think it makes sense now an inquiry has been set up and we have received assurances from the PM and the police that there will be a thorough investigation.
“I hope at the end it will be an opportune time to revisit these processes,” he said.

Wave Device Tested Off Scotland Exceeds Expectations

A wave power developer has said tests of a device off Scotland’s coast exceeded expectations.
US-based Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), which also has offices in Warwick, Warwickshire, deployed the machine from Invergordon, Easter Ross.
The trials of the PB150 PowerBuoy required the consent of the Scottish government.
OPT has also been developing wave energy devices for powering US Navy and Marine Corps bases.
The tests off Scotland are mentioned in the company’s latest financial results.
OPT said it had successfully deployed the PB150 PowerBuoy off the coast of Scotland on 15 April 2011.
It said initial reported power levels for the system had outperformed expectations.
OPT added: “The company believes the capacity factor represented by these results exceeded that experienced by most other renewable sources.”

Digital Music Service Spotify Launches In US

Spotify, a digital music service already popular in Europe, is now available in the United States.
Spotify lets users listen to songs on computers and mobile devices. It offers access to more than 15 million songs and gives users the ability to add digital music files that they already own. It also allows users to create online profiles of their music preferences, favorite artists and playlists, which can then be shared with other Spotify users.
The Swedish company is launching its service in the U.S. on Thursday. People can request invites to join on its website.
Spotify is offering a free, ad-supported version, as well as two subscription plans that do not include ads. A $5-a-month plan lets users access music on their computers and $10-a-month plan includes access on cellphones and other mobile devices, too.
Launched in 2008 to offer a legal alternative to online music piracy, Spotify currently has more than 10 million registered users and more than 1.6 million paying subscribers.

The Politics And Reality Of National Minimum Wage

In a free enterprise or capitalist system which Nigeria practices, the nexus of market forces otherwise known as the invisible hand determines the price of goods and services. Wages like other economic indicators are controlled by the forces of demand and supply. The government sometimes intervene in the market to achieve a set purpose.
There are two major ways by which the government does this. This is known as the maximum and minimum price legislations.
In the case of maximum price legislation better called price control, the price is fixed below the market price to ensure that many people can access a good or service. The problem associated with such intervention is that demand becomes greater than the supply thereby leading to shortage. The shortage engenders black-market because what is put on the market is far less than the demand. More buyers are empowered by the forceful regulation of the market forces. A very good example is the current price of a litre of kerosine which is fixed at N50 by government but which is not available in the market.
The government can only ameliorate such situation by increasing the supply into the market. It is only when this is done that the intended benefit to be enjoyed by the people can be achieved.
In economic terms, the minimum price legislation otherwise called minimum wage is fixed above the market price. This simply means that the new wage, which is above the market value ensures that the least worker earns a reasonable wage. The government intervenes in the market forces so that the least income earner could meet some basic needs. Inflation could engender minimum price legislation. The effect of government intervention by minimum price legislation is normally unemployment because the supply of labour will outstrip the demand.
By the time this piece is published, the tango between the organised labour and the government may have been resolved. For now, 48 hours to the deadline earlier given by the Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), there seems to be no solution in sight.
There are salient points that need to be resolved. The minimum wage bill was passed by the 6th National Assembly and assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan. Now the minimum wage is an Act which must be implemented whether money is available or not by the state governments and employers of labour of not less than 50 persons.
From the labour side, the argument is that the state governments were involved in the negotiation that culminated at N18,000 because their initial demand was N52,000. Labour, from every indication, chose the right time to strikes. The organized labour chose to make demand just some few months to the last electioneering campaigns, so obviously the Governors accepted knowing full well that its rejection could be disastrous or catastrophic to their campaigns.
The issue at this stage has gone beyond what were the factors placed on table at the point of negotiation. But all the same we need to revisit the issues before it can be finally settled.
The prolong military rule and the constitution bequeathed by them has made Nigeria more of a unitary structure in practice than the federalism we proclaim to practice. In reality are we saying the cost of living in Osogbo is the same as Abuja, Port Harcourt or Lagos even though the work engaged in by workers may be the same? Are we also arguing that all the states are equally endowed? The answers to these posers are very fundamental in resolving the minimum wage.
Besides these, most states depend largely on the federal allocation which is based majorly on crude oil. If agreements are arrived at based on the current revenue, what happens if the oil revenue falls below the prevailing level? Again what happens if there is oil glut like we experienced under the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari in the second republic?
Some analysts have castigated state governors of lacking initiative to increase their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). As at now, it is only Lagos and Rivers States that generate more than one billion naira monthly. These two states have many functional industries which employ many workers who earn reasonable income. The market in Lagos is so wide for agricultural and manufactured products which engages many workers.
The Governors did not help matters by arguing that subsidy should be withdrawn on petroleum products. This argument smacks of insensitivity because it shows how some of them are far away from their people. Senator Bukola Saraki, the immediate past chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) recently canvassed for the total removal of subsidy. It is gratifying to note that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela, the immediate past Managing-Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the new Finance Minister-designate has agreed that there is a need for subsidy. The argument of subsidy withdrawal is as hollow as it is bunkum. The petrol dealers engage in smuggling even when custom officers are paid by the state to look the other way when the smugglers are engaging in their illicit business.
The second argument of the NGF that the revenue allocation should be reviewed in favour of the states is a welcome development. The federal government with all its gargantuan resources is also guilty of lack of initiative in looking at possible areas of income generation. Petroleum has been the major income earner of the country for over forty years.
Should the ordinary people be made to pay for the ineptitude of our leaders because that is what paying high prices for petroleum products implies.
In all countries, citizens enjoy low prices in products the country has a comparative advantage. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has ruled the country for 12 years should tell us among the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) any country that has only three malfunctioning refineries like Nigeria.
One hopes the NLC and TUC would not go on national strike to sort out things. However, the organised labour is not happy with the jumbo pay of the legislators. In spite of earning a large chunk of the society’s resources, the legislators seem insensitive to the plight of the common man. The Nigerian masses are not asking for more than uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, good roads, functional schools and hospitals which is obtainable within the available natural resources.
How should this intractable problem be resolved? The realistic solution to this problem is for the tinkering with the constitution that would devolve more functions to the States. This would mean reduction in the revenue to the federal government. It would enable states to conveniently pay the minimum wage. Beyond that, the state should seriously look inward to generate additional income.
There are many tourist attractions in Nigeria to earn states income. In addition when many people are engaged they would be made to pay tax which is another source of income. In Osun State, there is no thriving businesses except the self-employed and the civil servants. It is difficult to generate income from unemployed people.
In his campaign promise in 2007, Mr Rauf Aregbesola promised to increase the IGR to at least one billion naira in his first year. This he said would be got from tourism, forest reserves and other avenues. What he needs is the support of everybody. He knows that the state government cannot depend solely on the paltry sum from Abuja. Aregbesola has promised to look inward. But for the mess he met on ground, he had promised to make the private sector more enticing and alluring to tempt people away from the public sector.
The issue of minimum wage should be looked at holistically. Some commentators have argued that increase in minimum wage should be predicated on productivity. Sound and plausible as this argument may be, organised labour is also asking how do you assess the productivity of a legislator that hardly attends legislative meetings not to talk of contributing to matters on the floor of the House.
The organised Labour is of the strong opinion that it is inhuman and smacks of callousness for a country that cannot afford N18,000 as a minimum wage to give room for a situation where an individual or a team of legislative leaders is alleged to have obtained a loan of N40 billion from a commercial bank to further their nest. In effect their argument is that adequate remuneration is not been paid which gives room for embezzlement and corruption in the system.
Conclusively I am of the strong opinion that the a national minimum wage by the National Assembly foisted on the states can no longer hold. Granted the fact that it had been in practice in the past does not make it right not should it continue.
Unfortunately the parliament that could have intercede between the labour and the executive is seen as cornering a large chunk of the society’s resources. Rather than some legislators insisting that the Governors should pay the minimum wage as passed, they should look at it critically and offer useful constitutions. Finally both labour and government should look at ways of increasing REAL and not NOMINAL wages. Real wages is the goods and services which money can buy while the nominal wage is the amount being paid. One does not need a prophet to predict that by the time the new wage is implemented and the price of rent, food, clothes transport and all the basics increase, the value of the money received in terms of increment would have amounted to nothing.

Lagos Records One Month Rain In One Day – Expert

Marine Research (NIOMR) has said the 264-millimetre rainfall recorded in Lagos last Sunday was the volume expected for one month.
An Assistant Director in the institute, Dr Regina Folorunsho, made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“The exact amount of the rain that fell on Sunday was meant for one month, but we had it in just one day. There was no way anyone could have prepared for such amount of rainfall,” she said.
She said Nigerians should brace up and be on the alert for such occurrence.
Mrs. Folorunsho appealed to Lagos residents to curb indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains.
She urged them to clear their drains regularly to ensure easy flow of water whenever it rained.
She attributed heavy rainfall to the effects of climate change and advised Lagosians, whose houses were located in waterlogged areas, to relocate to other areas.
“People should start relocating now because this is what we will be seeing from time to time; so people living close to the ocean must be prepared to face the menace,’’ she said.
NIOMR is responsible for conducting research into the resources and physical characteristics of the Nigerian territorial waters and the high seas, among other functions.

Flooding: Ekiti May Demolish Illegal Structures

With a view to tackling flood in Ekiti State, indication has emerged that the state government might demolish buildings without Certificates of Occupancy in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said this in a statement on Wednesday.
Expressing regret at erection of illegal buildings along waterways, the governor stressed that government might be left with no option than to pull down buildings without Certificates of Occupancy.
He noted that channelisation would receive the attention of government to ensure proper drainage and prevent environmental disaster.
Fayemi added that government had commenced de-silting blocked drains while new culverts were under construction in Ojumose, Oke Oriomi and other parts of Ado-Ekiti to prevent flooding.
The governor said, “The existence of such illegal buildings along waterways, constitutes a hindrance to free flow of water.
“The demolition of such illegal buildings will prevent the repeat of environmental catastrophe wreaking havocs in some states of the federation.
He added that a review of such areas would be done to proffer solutions to such menace.
On ongoing construction works in the state, the governor expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of work on Ado-Afao Road and the road leading to the 132/133 KVA power substation at Omisanjana.

Oyo Inaugurate Panel To Create 20,000 Jobs

In line with his campaign promises to create  20,000 within his first 100 days in office, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Wednesday inaugurated a six-man committee that would supervise the creation of jobs.
Inaugurating the committee in his office in Ibadan, the governor said the provision of 20,000 jobs was one of the cardinal programmes of his administration, to be achieved in his first 100 days in office.
He said the creation of jobs was to address the problem of mass unemployment among youths, both at individual and societal level.
Ajimobi said the scheme tagged Youth Empowerment Scheme of Oyo State (YES-O), would involve intervention in employment and skill acquisition.
He said: “We shall not only provide fish for participants in the scheme, we shall teach them how to fish. The participants shall be engaged in public works like environmental sanitation and beautification, sensitisation and enforcement of traffic regulations, provision of support in emergency situations and farming in the state’s farm settlements.”
The committee will be chaired by Deputy Governor Moses Adeyemo. Other members are Deputy Chief of Staff Bimbo Adekanmbi; Nurudeen Olarinde; Taiwo Fawole; Soji Eniade and Fatai Omokemi.