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Young boys in CAR ditch classrooms for motor taxi business.

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It is almost impossible to spot young boys on the premises of this high school in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

Classrooms here are mostly filled with females, and this is because their colleague male students are literally on the streets. These boys have chosen to make a living from driving motor taxis at the expense of their education.

They blame the lack of jobs for members of their families as well as the unstable political situation for their predicament.

‘I went to school, but today I ride motor taxi due to the lack of help and the difficult conditions at home, I did the 5th grade class in the Boganda high school , then I could not get any more help, no insurance and so I became a truant in class. I got interested in the motorbike business when it arrived”,Jospin Ngaibino,a school dropout said.

The boys tell Africanews Correspondent Samuel Thierry Nzam that, this is a matter of survival.

But for the academic community, this activity, which provides short-term reliefs, will in the long run cost the Central African Republic its human resource.

Jean Claude Sarayo is a tutor at the Martyrs high school.

‘‘There are boys from 16 to 19 years old who have turned their backs on school, I think it’s a very bad thing, it’s about the future of the Central African Republic, if these boys have turned their backs it’s a loss of revenue for our country, and we can’t rely on those who come from elsewhere for the development of the Central African Republic. It’s these young people who turned their backs on the school that run — the motorcycle taxi business”,Jean said.

Our Samuel Thierry Nzam reports that the Motorcycle taxi activity is a major concern for authorities in the Central African Republic.

About 10,000 motorcycles are in circulation in Bangui alone and 85% of them are driven by these young boys most of whom are between the ages of 15 and 18.

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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