Below are the headlines found on The Blueprint Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 6th  March, 2018.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Following the presidential directive that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Commandant General Of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) should relocate to the North east to ensure that adequate security is provided to all schools in the region, the IGP Ibrahim Idris and the commandant general NSCDC, Alhaji Abdullahi Gana were in Borno and visited various schools in  Maiduguri, the Borno state capital Monday.
While  addressing students of eight different schools at Government Girls Secondary School Yerwa Maiduguri,  the IGP assured the staff, students and parents that adequate security will be provided to ensured that what happened in Chibok and Dapchi did not repeat itself.
The IGP who was represented by the DIG Operations,  Mr. Habila Joshak said  “we are here following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that we should relocate to the Borno to ensure that adequate security is provided to the schools in the Northeast, I am assuring you that what happened in Dapchi did not repeat itself”.

“We are here with the Commandant General of NSCDC, the deployment of our men and also to ensure synergy between the Police and the NSCDC in our quest to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of the schools and restore civil authority in the North east”, Habila said.

He added that  despite the short of manpower, they are going to give priority to the Presidential directive by deploying their men to the schools to ensure all schools in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa are protected and the education of the future leaders are not jeopardized.

The IGP further said that phone numbers will be provided to the principal, staff, students and well meaning Nigerians for prompt response in time of distress, adding that very soon they are going to establish Nigerian Police broadcasting Service to ensure effective policing.

“to ensure that your right is not violated, any  officer find wanting will be severely dealt with, as we have done with those found violating the right of the IDP”, he added.

Also speaking the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana said he is going to visit all schools across the North-east before he left Maiduguri to ensure deployment and synergy with other sister security agencies in the north-east..

He explained  the Boko Haram insurgents want to kill education in the North east but they are determined to ensure that they did not have their goal, stressing that to achieve that, the NSCDC has through its Peace Clinic units will take enlightenment campaign to the parent to assure them of their children protection.

The schools that where in GGSS Yerwa are Government Arabic Teacher College, Mafa, GGSS Baga, GGSS Monguno, GGTS Damboa, GGSS Bama, GGSS Damasak and among others.

Speaking on behalf of the students, Aisha Garba thanked President Buhari for ensuring that their education is not jeopardized through the deployment of security personal.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
President George Weah of Liberia said on Monday that the estimated $5 million current trade volume between Nigeria and Liberia is too low considering the relationship of the two countries.
Speaking during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Weah said Liberia’s economy was dwindling and needs the support of Nigeria’s private sector to remain afloat.

He also appealed to Nigerian banks in Liberia not to close shop because of the dwindling economy as government plans to revamp the economy that would benefit investors.

He said Liberia’s economic crisis was as a result of the fall in prices of the country’s major exports and unfavourable foreign exchange rate.

“The prices of our two basic export commodities, rubber and iron ore, continue to fall on the world diminished market our foreign exchange earnings from the export of these and other commodities are used mainly on the importation of food and other commodities, causing massive trade deficits; youth unemployment is at an all-time high, and prices of basic commodities continue to increase.

“Our people have voted for change, and for hope. And change is finally here. But mere political change is meaningless without development, prosperity, and growth Your Excellency, we need Nigeria’s help to jump-start our economy,” he said.

He also stressed the need for Nigerian investors to avail themselves of the opportunities in Liberia, saying, “Liberia is now open for business to the Nigerian private sector.”

He said: “There is a need to address the current volume of trade between our two countries, which is very low and does not exceed $5 million, by some estimates. Yet, the Liberian banking sector is dominated by Nigerian banks, and I am made to understand that their head offices in Nigeria may be considering reducing their support or even shutting them down because of the recent downturn in our economy. If this is true, l urge them not to do so, as l am optimistic that trade and commerce will increase in the near future.

“There are also major shortcomings in the electricity and power sectors, in road construction, in housing, in mining, and in fisheries, to name a few, that could be of serious interest to Nigerian investors, either as individuals or companies, or through joint-ventures or public-private partnerships.”

The Liberian leader said his administration’s ‘Pro-risks Poor Development Agenda’, intends to tackle the many economic and social problems he  inherited, especially infrastructure deficits, youth unemployment, and reviving the education, agriculture, mining and health sectors, for which Nigeria’s assistance would be greatly appreciated.

“Your sustained technical assistance for capacity building in these sectors is most welcome. For example, Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers to Liberia, under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Agreement with Liberia, have been very crucial in boosting capacity development in Liberia, and it is my hope that this assistance can be considerably increased to address with urgency our most pressing socio-economic needs at this time.

“More specifically, under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange program, we are seeking 6,000-plus teachers to make up for the shortage of good teachers in our educational system. In agriculture, we are seeking experts and extension workers to build capacity in the sector, particularly with crops, (such as cassava, for example,) which lend themselves readily to value- added propositions and export earning potential”,  he said.

Weah thanked Nigeria for restoring peace to Liberia and helping reform Liberian military after the country’s civil wars.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, still an inspiration for good governance for many African countries even after leaving office many years after.
In a statement signed Monday in Abuja, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi congratulated the former President on attainment of 81 years of age. The party said: “Chief Obasanjo has inspired a generation of Nigerians notably in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership and education, especially through his non-profit initiatives, the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.”
While rejoicing with the Owu Chief, APC prayed that ex-president Obasanjo continues to age in health and wisdom as he contributes to the task of nation building.
“Our party joins family, friends, well-wishers and associates in celebrating the retired general who has emerged as a bastion of democracy, good governance and development in Nigeria and beyond.
“His legacy as President has continued to inspire good governance on the continent even after so many years and he remains an influential voice in different facets of our national life. As a true Nigerian patriot and statesman, Chief Obasanjo has over the years built solid bridges across political divides in the country, on the African continent and the world at large.”

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Germany's Social Democratic Party said on Sunday its members have voted in favour of joining a coalition with Angela Merkel's conservative bloc, clearing the last major hurdle to the formation of a new government and a fourth term for the veteran German chancellor. Th e decision ends almost six months of uncertainty in German politics, [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Residents are reported to be fleeing the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave in Syria as the situation there was described as 'beyond critical'. Syria's military appears to be advancing on several fronts as it tries to retake the enclave just to the east of the capital, Damascus. Government forces have now taken 25% of the area, [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
President George Weah of Liberia saidon Mondaythat early preparations, conducive camp environment and prompt payment of incentives to players are some of the elements that would spur the Super Eagles to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995 and Liberia's 25th President, said [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
More than 33 people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities say. Unrest broke out between the Hema and Lendu communities in the northeastern province of Ituri. A UN-sponsored broadcaster said the assailants were eventually forced back by security forces. More than 100 people have [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
China has warned that it does not want a trade war with the US, but will not sit idly by if its economy is hurt. Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for China's National People's Congress, made the comments amid controversy over Donald Trump's announcement of tariff s on steel and aluminium imports. Th e US president has [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
Theresa May has urged the EU to get on with discussing her 'ambitious but practical' vision for economic relations with the UK after Brexit. The prime minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr the 'right deal for us will be the right deal for them too'. She said she was confident of a deal while accepting [] 

Tue, 06 Mar 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari would fromMonday, March 5, 2018, begin on-the-spot tour of Taraba, and subsequently Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states affected by terrorist attacks, criminal activities and communal clashes. This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. The statement [] 
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