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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

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Transporters Strike Over Double Taxation In Port Harcourt

Residents of Port Harcourt, the river state capital were yesterday subjected to harrowing times following the strike embarked upon by Keke, Tax and bus drivers in protest over what they termed undue exploitation by the National Union of Road transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.

Commuters were forced to trek to their various designators as major streets and roads were deserted by transporters who were protesting multiple charges and levies by the transport union in the state.

Major roads in Trans-Amadi, Woji community, Aba Road and other area were affected by the action of the Keke and bus driver as many communities were seen trekking to various destinations to accomplish transaction of the day.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Comrade Victor Ukaigwe who spoke on the development expressed dismay over the multiple taxies and levies imposed on them by the unions.

Victor said despite the order by the state government for them to pay a specific amount as tax to the government, the union members have continued to levy all manner of charges on them.

He lamented that some buses and Keke pay as much as N500 – N1500 daily to unions, policemen and community charges.

One of the drivers who gave his name as Chinwendy complained that both the policemen and union have turned the drivers into milky cows to give them money daily including Saturdays and Sunday.

Akpan Ukoh, a Keke driver lamented the intimidation and harassment the drives face in the hands of the police, the state task force and the motor union, stressing that they were usually left with nothing to account for at the end of work.

They appealed for the intervention of the state government on the matter, as according to him, they will prefer any arrangement by the government to harmonize what should be paid as taxes and levies in the state.

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service (RIRS) had last week rolled out the harmonized taxes which the authority state will henceforth be collected directly by its staff and no longer by the transport unions.

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Wike Presents Education Scorecard To World Bank Team

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  said  the state government has in the last four years reconstructed and furnished 253 Basic Schools in the state  mainly in the rural and oceanic areas to give our children access to quality education.

Speaking during a visit by the World Bank Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), Governor Wike said that the State Government embarked on the reconstruction and furnishing of rural schools to encourage parents to send their children to school, stating that his administration abolished every form of fees in primary, junior and secondary schools to encourage parents to educate their children.

The governor said, “I have abolished every form of payment in primary, junior and senior Secondary Schools because many parents are poor and they cannot afford these payments. We have taken the burden away from them so that poor parents can conveniently send their children to school.”

“Basic Education is key to the development of the state. SUBEB is awarding contracts for the furnishing of schools slated for 2018. After that of 2018, we will award 2019 contracts for the furnishing of schools. We are expecting more enrolments in schools, with the investments and progress that we have made”, he added.

He said that there are 1315 Basic Education Schools in Rivers State, pointing out that the State Government is working hard to transform the schools through phased interventions.

“Our state has completed and accessed all our grants from the Universal Basic Education Commission. We are up to date in the funding of basic education programmes. Part of the problem of Universal Basic Education is the inability of states to access matching grants. We have accessed these matching grants and we are using same to develop the basic education sector”, Governor Wike said.

The former Minister of State for Education lauded the World Bank Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) for taking concrete steps to enhance access to education. He assured that the Rivers State Government will cooperate with the agency to achieve better results.

Earlier, National Programme Coordinator, World Bank Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), Prof Gidado Tahir said that they were in Rivers State to interact with officials of the State Government to improve access to Basic education.

He said that the size of the challenge in Rivers State is manageable because of the quality investments made by Governor Wike.

He said: “You have been part of this process. Talking to you is like speaking with the converted. The money for this programme is there to be accessed. We are looking forward to a wonderful collaboration with the Rivers State Government to achieve the required success “.

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